Welcome to Val de Vie Estate

Official Val de Vie News & Events

  • Spring has sprung at Val de Vie

    Posted on August 27, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Spring has arrived at Val de Vie, which makes us think back fondly to couples who have tied the knot here during this beautiful season. We love how they incorporated the lovely Spring weather into their wedding photos. Fresh flowers, blue skies and soft, sunny light make this such a romantic time.


  • Cheers to Madame Clicquot

    Posted on August 26, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Val de Vie Events is well known for coordinating exceptional corporate events, so we truly admire those who have made a success in the business world.

    Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin is someone who we look up to for this very reason. This visionary young widow built a champagne empire that stood the test of time and showed the world how to live with style. Born in 1777 and widowed at the age of 27, Barbe-Nicole had a rich, colourful life and eventually became known as the "Grand Dame of Champagne". In the spirit of Women's Month, that's something we can toast to!

    If you are planning a corporate event, choose Val de Vie for impeccable service and expertise. Contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Silver linings

    Posted on August 25, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    It's no secret that most brides dread rain on their wedding day, but for some it is considered good luck!

    Worried that Mother Nature might decide to release her tears of joy on your big day? Look on the bright side and prepare for the eventuality with some fun, creative details:

    - Consider a venue with plenty of glass and windows, such as the Val de Vie  French Ballroom, so you can experience the rain while warm and cosy in front of the fireplace.
    - Provide stunning umbrellas that suit your theme for your guests. They can be used as props too.
    - Use gumboots as part of the décor, arranging cute little blossoms in them.
    - Serve warm treats for your guests.


  • Golden glam

    Posted on August 25, 2015 by Maryke

    With the right touch, the subtle use of gold can create a beautifully glamorous and sophisticated decor scheme. A light approach keeps the look understated: a dash of foiling or sparkle on the  invitations and place settings, some gold dust on macarons or the occasional glitzy accessory.


  • Happy anniversary to Julian and Jean-Mari

    Posted on August 23, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events would like to congratulate Julian and Jean-Mari on their one year anniversary. This lovely couple tied the knot on a sunny winter's day on 23 August 2014 and we wish them a wonderful and long life together on their anniversary.


  • Tone up this summer with Performance Pilates!

    Posted on August 20, 2015 by janette

    They say the "summer body" is made in winter. Our Pilates Instructor, Mieke le Roux, and her class at Val de Vie shows us how it's done!

    For Reformer or Private Lessons contact Mieke at: mieke.leroux@valdevie.co.za

    Here is the schedule for 2015:




  • YOLOmoons, minimoons & honeymooning

    Posted on August 20, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    The traditional honeymoon is synonymous with exotic island holidays, cocktails and lazy days in the sunshine. But now there are so many other ways to spend this special time together. Modern couples are looking for adventure, fresh ideas and exciting new life experiences.

    This article from the Sun Daily features some of the latest honeymoon trends.

    Minimoons

    It's become increasingly popular to forego the extensive, two-week honeymoon abroad in favor of taking a shorter staycation closer to home and saving the larger vacation for later in the year.

    As pointed out in an article for Skyscanner.net, minimoons offer the possibility of splurging on a five-star hotel for a few nights, rather than slumming it out in a mediocre, two-star property over two weeks.

    YOLO or Maximoons

    At the other end of the spectrum, the industry is also seeing couples embark on Maxi or YOLO - You Only Live Once - moons. For some couples, honeymoons are seen as their last hurrah before they face commitments like mortgages, children and mountains of bills.

    Whether it's taking months off work to backpack through Europe or Southeast Asia, or splashing out on an exorbitant all-inclusive resort in Bora Bora or the Maldives, the maximoon is for couples who want to kick off their new lives together in a big, big way.

    Honeyteering

    It's a riff off voluntourism: Combine the concept of honeymoon and volunteering, and you get honeyteering, a vacation idea that aims to appeal to couples with a social conscience.

    Nowhere is this trend perhaps most promoted than Thailand, where couples can stay in luxurious hotels like the Four Seasons Chiang Mai and also lend their time to animal conservation efforts or teach English to young Thai children.

    Buddymoon

    The primary reason some couples invite friends and family on their honeymoon? To save money, says 101 Honeymoons. But according to scientific research, opening up your vacation to other couples could also help strengthen your relationship.

    One study out of Wayne State University in Detroit, for example, found that spending time with other couples can help people view their partners in a new light and add another level of excitement to their relationship.

    But be careful the kind of couple you choose, warn relationship experts, and invite couples you admire and who share the same interests. – AFP Relaxnews

    Article and image source: http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1185427


  • 20 Reasons to love Val de Vie

    Posted on August 18, 2015 by janette

    There are so many reasons why we love living at Val de Vie Estate. We've tried to narrow it down to our top 20!

    Find us on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook and share why you love this place as much as we do!

    @valdevieestate #valleyoflife #lifeworthliving


  • Simple DIY wedding ideas with wow factor

    Posted on August 18, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Colourful cutlery

    This is so cheap and easy to do: dip cutlery in pain that matches your wedding's decor scheme. It looks really eye-catching and jazzes up place settings with splash of colour.

    Custom photo backdrop

    For years after your wedding, you and your guests will be looking back at the photos, so why not make them more memorable with a custom photo backdrop? Be creative: cluster giant paper flowers together, source some unusual fabric or wallpaper or drape wreaths and garlands together.

    Cupcake station

    Oh yes, this is as decadent and fun as it sounds. Set out a selection of plain cupcakes (vanilla and chocolate are always winners) accompanied by an array of fabulous toppings. Buttercream, glacé icing, sprinkles, smarties, gold dust, lemon curd, nutella... there are so many delicious ideas and your guests will love exploring them all.


  • Hot off the press ... The Val de Vie Magazine | Winter 2015 Edition

    Posted on August 13, 2015 by janette

    "A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”
    - George A. Moore

    We are excited to announce that our latest edition has hit the shelves in Exclusive Books, Premium Airport Lounges, Legacy Hotels  and other iconic hotels across the country.

    If you're reading our magazine - whether you are traveling or at home - let us know!

    twitter  |  instagram   |   @valdevieestate #ValdeVieMagazine2015

    Find it online at Issuu


  • Val de Vie Market: Expect the unexpected

    Posted on August 13, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    The Val de Vie Market is returning with a new and exciting concept! As Spring approaches, we can't wait to create a relaxing and entertaining day out for the entire family to enjoy. You can be sure that Sunday will become a fun day.

    With delicious food, gorgeous wares and a variety of entertainment for the whole family, this is a day not to be missed!

    Diarise the following Market dates in your calendar:

    25 October 2015
    7 February 2016
    13 March 2016
    10 April 2016


  • Inspired by women who move the world

    Posted on August 12, 2015 by Maryke

    “I believe in pink, I believe laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles"
    – Audrey Hepburn

    In the spirit of Women's Month, we are inspired by women who have made their mark on the world, whether in business, entertainment, humanitarian work or the arts. Their vision and talent is something that is truly worth aspiring to.

    The Val de Vie Events team has had the privilege to host corporate events for a range of successful companies and individuals. If you are planning a corporate event, choose Val de Vie for impeccable service and expertise. Contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Happy Women's Month

    Posted on August 11, 2015 by Maryke

    Val de Vie Events would like to wish all women a very happy Women's Month! May it be a time of inspiration that recognises the accomplishments of women across the world.


  • Servingware gets down to earth

    Posted on August 11, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Earthy, natural textures and materials are a hot trend for ceramics and servingware. We love this raw look, which embraces imperfections, individuality and authenticity.


  • Easy wedding DIY projects

    Posted on August 6, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    It's always extra special to add personal touches to your wedding -we love DIY projects that create an element of creativity and individuality.

    Luckily you don't have to be Martha Stewart to get it right. Here are some easy and fun ideas for you to do:

    - Create a board for guests to sign or leave messages (we love the idea of heart-shaped spaces)
    - Write or stick something cute on the soles of your shoes (this is great for a photo opportunity too!)
    - Cut out hearts (or any pretty shape) and string them to make garlands
    - Send secret love notes to your fiance on the morning of the wedding


  • Light and bright with pink and white

    Posted on August 6, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Pink is the colour of breast cancer awareness and, of course, our Cintron Pink Polo event which takes place on Saturday, 7 November 2015.

    We love pink paired with white: the vibrant, passionate nature of this rosy shade really comes to life with calm, serene white. With that in mind, we are already putting our outfits together for the big event!

    Funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Cost: R550 (includes high-tea)
    Dress: Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.


  • DIY chalk board ideas for your special day

    Posted on August 5, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Many brides want to personalise as many elements of their wedding as possible. A DIY chalk board project is the perfect way to add a special touch.

    You can transform any glass, piece of wood, mirror, frame, glass bottle or cardboard box into a creative and stylish element for your wedding. As a bonus, by creating your own table numbers, guest name cards, signage boards, menus or personalized guest gifts, you can save a tremendous amount on your wedding's stationery budget.

    All you need for this DIY project is the following:

    - The object you want to use e.g.. Wine glasses •
    - Masking tape
    - Chalkboard paint (available at art shops or at Annie Sloane)
    - Paint brush

    Have fun!


  • Gentleman’s Estate featured in the Sunday Times

    Posted on August 5, 2015 by Admin

    Learn why people choose to move to our beautiful valley.

    View the full article or find out more about this unique property opportunity.


  • Pink perfection

    Posted on August 4, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Pink is the colour of love, compassion, romance and positivity. As a combination of red and white, both colours add to pink's beautiful characteristics. It gets passion and energy from red, while white adds a calming, gentle touch. The deeper the pink, the more passion and energy it radiates, so we are loving bold, vibrant shades of pink.

    Of course, pink is the colour of the upcoming Cintron Pink Polo event, so be sure to get you pink on! Funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Cost: R550 (includes high-tea)
    Dress: Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.

    We are excited to welcome you soon.


  • Meet Kari, our new guest blogger and expert dietician!

    Posted on August 3, 2015 by Admin

    The month of August always excites me – perhaps it’s the fact that spring is almost here, or that there’s a public holiday near the beginning dedicated entirely to WOMEN. So, what a great month to be launching as a guest blogger primarily aimed at equipping the ladies! (Don’t worry gents - there will be a few snippets for you as well)!

    I have come to realize that it is rare to attend a social event where health and nutrition aren’t discussed (as if there isn’t enough pressure already!).

    Be it the food you are eating during dinner, the food you ate before dinner or the food you will eat when you get home…  The food your neighbor is eating, the food your boss is eating or the food your receptionist is eating. Whether you like it or not, people are constantly talking FOOD, health and wellness (synonymous with weight for many).

    On top of this, throw a wedding into the mix, and every rational thought you’ve ever had about nutrition goes out the window – suddenly a 6 week fast sounds like a great idea, add in an appetite suppressant and a “fat burner” and most girls feel like they are well on their way. The problem with this is that it doesn’t actually make you feel any better, and in fact probably significantly increases anxiety levels and Bridezilla tendencies.

    I am painfully aware of the fact that as soon as I mention that I am a dietician, people become self-conscious of what they are eating/what they look like and say something along the lines of: ”I need to come and see you”,  “I’m going to have to watch what I eat tonight” or “What do you think of Banting/Paleo/Juicing/Insert-fad-diet-here”.

    So, yes – we will be discussing food, health, nutrition and wellness – but in doing so, hope to empower you to make great decisions for yourself, regardless of where you are in life! Sound knowledge is one of the most powerful tools you will have. So, feel free to ask questions and post comments – this blog is for written for YOU and I am excited to start this journey with you.

    Until next time,

    Kari xx

    ABOUT KARI

    Kari is a Registered Dietitian who qualified from Stelllenbosch University in 2012. She then went on to do her community service year in the Eastern Cape, where she worked with a wide range of patients in both a clinical and community setting. After her community service year, Kari moved back to Cape Town, started her Masters in Nutrition, and joined Kelly Lynch Dieticians in Sea Point. Although the practice sees clients with a wide range of nutrition needs, there is a strong focus on assisting clients by addressing the emotional aspect of nutrition, eating and wellness.

    Kari enjoys being able to collaborate with clients to achieve their individual goals, and is passionate about working with clients to determine what their body needs most. Kari also recently got married, and developed a bridal manual together with Kelly to assist brides to be in looking and feeling their best on their wedding day!

    www.kellylynch.co.za


  • It's time to think pink!

    Posted on July 30, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Cintron Pink Polo Event is coming up on 7 November 2015 at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley and we're all thinking pink! From girly accessories to rosy-hued gadgets, we love this feminine colour that invokes the spirit of breast cancer awareness.

    Funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    In true Val de Vie style, Cintron Pink Polo will present guests with a thrilling match of world-class polo, as well as other entertainment, such as a fashion show, a luxury car display and high-tea, which will be enjoyed on the sprawling lawns of the estate.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Cost: R550 (includes high-tea)
    Dress: Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event takes place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.

    We are excited to welcome you soon.


  • Slick corporate branding

    Posted on July 29, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    If you want your brand to stand out, one of the most creative ways is to invest in quality stationery that makes a statement. Go beyond the norm: have custom stamps of your logo made, print your own branded wrapping paper or splash out on print finish such as foiling or embossing. Small details might seem extravagant but they make a big impression, which is exactly what you're aiming for.

    Just as having slick branding is important for your business, so is the right venue for corporate events. Choose Val de Vie for your next functions and contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • It's time to embrace healthy eating

    Posted on July 28, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Health and fitness are always hot topics, so it's no surprise that extensive research is frequently carried out in this field. According to the Huffingtion Post, recent studies show that younger people are more inclined to make healthy eating choices, which is very positive news.

    "Does being younger than 30 translate to a predilection for healthier eating habits? This rhetorical question may very well be true. A recent report conducted by the Nielsen Global Health and Wellness Survey offered surprising and detailed information about the culinary habits of young people.

    In a January 20, 2015 article by USA Today reporter Bruce Horowitz which surveyed more than 30,000 consumers in more than 60 nations revealed that more younger consumers are far more concerned about everything from food ingredients, genetically modified food to organic foods than previous generations. Indeed, an obsession with healthy and clean eating seems to be the order of the day. The most health-centric group of consumers is Generation Z. These are the men and women younger than 20 years old. More than four out of ten individuals polled in this group indicated that they would be willing to spend more money for healthier products as opposed to 32 percent of millennials, and 21 percent of baby boomers.

    Some other findings in the poll included:

    • 41 percent of Generation Z stated that they would be willing to pay more for healthier products
    • 26 percent of Generation X'ers (1965-1979) stated they would pay more for healthy food
    • 16 percent of those in the Silent Generation (1925-1945) made a similar claim."

  • We love old gold

    Posted on July 28, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    If you think that gold is all about bling, think again. There is nothing as glamorous as old, classic gold: it's all about less shine and sparkle and more about chic, understated hues.

    Gold is beautiful when paired with cream and white - keep the look clean and elegant and consider modern gold trends such as rose gold.


  • Anita and Dimitri's Wedding

    Posted on July 27, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Anita and Dimitri celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie and we just love the photos by John Armstrong Photography, which bring back all the moments and memories from the day. The beautiful outdoor ceremony, the riveting polo match, the packed dance floor... this was a day filled with joy and we are delighted to have been part of it.















  • The new wedding trend: Selfie stations

    Posted on July 27, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    We've spoken about the latest craze for Instragam hashtags at your wedding, so how about taking this trend to the next level? A clever selfie station is the perfect spot for you and your guests to snap away and share fun photos. Add some quirky props or a pretty backdrop and you're good to go. #Amazingweddingidea!


  • The Val de Vie Market always has something new

    Posted on July 23, 2015 by Admin

    The Val de Vie Market has become a popular event at our estate, showcasing  some of the region’s finest local produce in a spectacular country setting. Visitors can discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoy sunshine, smiles and a festive atmosphere.

    Exciting new plans for our market are afoot, so be sure to keep your eye on our website and social media for more details!

    You are welcome to visit the market on the following dates:

    25 October 2016
    7 February 2016
    13 March 2016


  • The Importance of Colours in Branding

    Posted on July 23, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    The success of a corporate events is hugely influenced by the look and feel of the occasion, which is why so much depends on great branding. This article by Gregory Ciotti on Help Scout sheds some interesting light on the psychology of colour:

    "In an appropriately titled study called Impact of Color in Marketing, researchers found that up to 90% of snap judgments made about products can be based on colour alone (depending on the product).

    The study Exciting Red and Competent Blue also confirms that purchasing intent is greatly affected by colours due to the impact they have on how a brand is perceived. This means that colours influence how consumers view the 'personality' of the brand in question

    Additional studies have revealed that our brains prefer recognizable brands, which makes colour incredibly important when creating a brand identity.

    Colour Preferences by Gender
    Studies done by Hallock’s confirmed that blue, green, black and red  are by far men's favourite, Men also prefer bright colours and shades whereas women prefer softer colours and tones. The colours topping the charts as favourites are blue, purple, green, red and black."

    Choosing the correct colours from your companies corporate identity to use when designing your branding for events is clearly vital.

    For more information on the topic, view the full article.


  • Meet the Events Team: Simoné

    Posted on July 23, 2015 by Admin

    Simoné is the talented MD of Val de Vie Events Full Coordination. Energetic, vibrant and always full of new ideas, she has years of experience in the events industry and boasts international experience with leading brands such as Harrods.

    Simoné's vision and drive has truly shaped the course of Val de Vie Events and she leads our team with her signature flair and energy, loving every minute of creating world-class events.

    Simoné is particularly passionate about uplifting and educating members of the community. She feels privileged to be able to do so, and believes that in offering skills and opportunities to disadvantaged individuals, the future can only be brighter.


  • Good News! The deadline for entries has been extended to July 31st​

    Posted on July 17, 2015 by janette

    ​Are you the proud owner of a magnificent kitchen? Have you recently designed and installed a kitchen masterpiece? Then we want to hear from you!
    Caesarstone is on the hunt for the best kitchen in South Africa. If your kitchen is a veritable showstopper and the envy of friends, chefs and design gurus alike, we want to see it and show it to the world!

    The Prize

    The Caesarstone Kitchen of the Year owner and designer will take home R50,000 each, TV exposure, magazine coverage and bragging rights.
    Nominate a kitchen or enter your own!  Fill in the entry form, upload photos, plans, and – voila!

    Enter

    Nominate a kitchen by emailing your nomination’s name, email address, phone number and the kitchen project name to competitions@interslab.co.za

    More info here


  • Has the “large” home had its day?

    Posted on July 15, 2015 by janette

    "Not entirely, but price trends reflect an outdated composition of property stock, with a relative under-supply of small-to-medium size homes", says John Loos, FNB Chief Property Analyst.  Here is the latest FNB Property Barometer note regarding house price performance by home size category.

    The relative house price inflation performances reflect an outdated composition of residential property stock, with relatively too many large homes and too few small to medium sized homes.

    The inappropriate size composition in residential property stock exists despite a broad trend towards building smaller sized units with smaller average stand sizes that started as far back as the late-1970s, around the time that economic infrastructure investment plummeted and urban land scarcity started to increase noticeably.

    Given that the house and its running costs is usually the  lion’s share of overall household costs, with households experiencing financial limitations in a slow economy it should be unsurprising to see relatively stronger demand for smaller and medium sized houses, with large-size demand being the weak link.

    Indeed, this is what appears to come out in examining relative price inflation performances of property categories according to home size. Of the 3 size categories, the 20-80 square metre “Small Sized” category showed year-on-year price growth of +6.2% in the 2nd quarter of 2015. This rate is slightly slower than the +6.4% rate for the 80-230 square metre “Medium Size” category, but nevertheless very similar. The 230-800 square metre “Large Size” category, by comparison, is the “odd man out”, having seen significantly slower price growth of 2.5%, relative to the other 2 segments.

    The underperformance of the Large-Sized segment has been a longer term phenomenon, and became more noticeable after the 2008/9 recession.

    From the 1st quarter of 2001, the Large Home Index has risen cumulatively by 265.9%, compared to the Medium Size category’s 323.1% and the Small Sized category’s 323.8%. Since the 2nd quarter of 2009, a relative price low point just after the recession, the Large Sized Home Index has risen in total by 25.7% compared to a significantly bigger 37.9% rise in the Medium category and 56.1% for the Small Sized category.

    The list of reasons for the underperformance of large sized homes is potentially a lengthy one. Since the late-1970s, urban sprawl has been constrained by significantly slower economic infrastructure investment. This, along with ongoing urbanisation, has led to increasing land scarcity, resulting in a long term trend towards smaller stand sizes and smaller building sizes. In addition, the average size of the South African household has declined over the years as fertility rates have declined, causing declining need for the 4 bedroom+ homes over time.

    But the recent relative underperformance of the large sized homes may have been helped on by sharply rising home operating costs. At top of mind is security costs associated with high crime rates, playing into the hands of smaller sized units often in secure clusters. Then there is the matter of sharply rising municipal rates and tariffs, especially in the area of electricity which was rising at around 30% year-on-year at the beginning of 2009, and carried on with sharp double digit hikes for a good few years thereafter.

    These home running related cost increases, at a time when the economy is weak and the household sector is financially “constrained” in general, have arguably lifted the popularity of smaller sized homes, and the relative price inflation performances of size segments in recent years is therefore not surprising

    Is this the end of the road for large-sized homes? No, but we believe that the composition of the country’s housing stock is outdated, and that “large-sized” homes need to decline as a percentage of total housing stock.

    Whereas South Africa’s Middle Class could often afford to live in large spacious homes, the future is probably one where these large sizes increasingly become the domain of the wealthy, with far higher density living the future for the “Middle Class”. Until such time as the composition of the housing stock has adjusted to reflect these changed cost and demand patterns, a long term process, we would expect the large-sized home segment to underperform the Middle and Smaller Sized homes, in terms of house price inflation, for the most part during the coming years.

    John Loos

    Household and Property Sector Strategist

    Market Analytics and Scenario Forecasting: FNB Home Loans

    Tel: 087 328 0151

    Email: john.loos@fnb.co.za


  • Merike and Marcel’s wedding video

    Posted on July 15, 2015 by Admin

    Mighty Fine created this incredible video of Merike and Marcel’s wedding day at Val de Vie. Held on a picture-perfect day, it was a beautifully romantic and memorable day, celebrating the love between the lovely Merike and Marcel, a Springbok rugby player who also plays for the Bulls.


  • Feel fit and fabulous

    Posted on July 14, 2015 by Elsje Human

    All brides-to-be want to look their best, so a training programme is often part of the pre-wedding process. Get motivated by investing in some quality exercise gear (just looking the part is a great boost!). If hitting the gym isn't your thing, try something different like dance classes, Bikram yoga or trail running. It's all about feeling good about yourself.


  • Get social media smart at your wedding

    Posted on July 14, 2015 by Admin

    We're all hooked on social media and Instagram is a fantastic way to share photos and experiences. Use this to your advantage at your wedding and ask guests to apply a unique wedding hashtag for all their photos of the event. That way it's easy for you to track their pics and paint a picture of the day through their eyes. Put up pretty signs with the hashtag and offer some fun ideas of photo subjects - it's like having a whole crew of photographers capturing even more special moments!


  • Anita and Dimitri's Wedding Video

    Posted on July 13, 2015 by Admin

    Anita and Dimitri celebrated their gorgeous Greek wedding at Val de Vie. The event was attended by friends and family from all over the world, and we just love their wedding video by FJS Productions, which beautifully captures the day.


  • Inspired by pink

    Posted on July 10, 2015 by Admin

    We are pleased to announce that the sixth annual Cintron Pink Polo Event in support of breast cancer awareness, treatment and research, will be held on 7 November 2015 at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. This year, funds generated by Cintron Pink Polo will go to Reach for Recovery, a non-profit organisation which provides emotional care and practical support to breast cancer patients and their families.

    The event offers an opportunity for families and friends to unite against an illness that has affected millions of lives, not only in South Africa, but across the globe.

    In true Val de Vie style, Cintron Pink Polo will present guests with a thrilling match of world-class polo, as well as other entertainment, such as a fashion show, a luxury car display and high-tea, which will be enjoyed on the sprawling lawns of the estate.

    Date: Saturday, 7 November 2015
    Venue: Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646
    Time: 14:00 – 19:00
    Cost: R550 (includes high-tea)
    Dress:  Smart-casual in pink or white – chic yet comfortable

    Event take place RAIN OR SHINE!

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6100; or by email on events@valdevie.co.za.  Alternatively, visit www.valdevie.co.za for more information.

    We are excited to welcome you soon.


  • Meet the Events Team: Soritha van Dyk

    Posted on July 8, 2015 by Admin

    Soritha is Val de Vie Events' amazing administrative and events coordinator. As a farm girl, Soritha loves the nature and greenery at Val de Vie Estate and adores being part of our team.

    She has a passion for people and just like the rest of the team, she loves meeting engaged couples and discussing their dreams for their big day. Soritha is committed to making the planning process a lovely  journey each couple and goes out of her way to make sure that every aspect is special.

    Soritha thrives on the excitement of the couples and seeing the love shared between the bride and groom to be. Her favourite part of a wedding is watching the parents when the bride walks down the aisle. The beautiful emotions of pride and happiness never cease to overwhelm her.

    Soritha advises couples to plan their wedding according to their own personal style, rather than to follow the myriad of trends in magazines and blogs. It's so much more special for guests to recognise their personality reflected in every single detail.

    Her passion also lies with more intimate events like birthday parties or anniversary dinners. As she puts it, "every occasion should be celebrated with the ones you love."

    Are you planning a wedding or function in the future? Contact Soritha to discuss your event: Soritha.vanDyk@valdevie.co.za

    Photograph by Abri Kruger Photography


  • Trust Vlinder for social media savvy

    Posted on July 8, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events takes pride in coordinating world-class corporate events. An important part of this is using the right service providers who can provide a high level of professionalism and service.

    For this reason we love to work with Vlinder Media, a social media consultancy run by Iza Slabbert. Whether you need management of your social media platforms, online marketing, blog or website, Iza is the perfect person for the job.

    Val de Vie Events is always delighted to work with Iza and we encourage other businesses to do the same! Visit Vlinder Media's website for more information about Iza's services.


  • A touch of grey

    Posted on July 7, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Grey is undoubtedly one of the hottest colours at the moment, upstaging other neutrals such as cream, taupe and ivory. Far from being dull and dreary, grey is rather serene, peaceful and and classic, adding an edgy touch of class. We love subtle touches of grey being incorporated into wedding decor; it's a modern look that takes the decor style up a fashionable notch.


  • Fitness inspiration

    Posted on July 6, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Want to beat the Winter blues? Treat yourself to some new running shoes (fun colours optional) and make an exercise diary. It's hard to get motivated when it's cold and rainy, but having a plan and some chic gym gear can go a long way! Even if you can only manage 15 minutes, it's something, and you'll feelw armed up and inspired to do more.


  • Get snap happy at your wedding

    Posted on July 2, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    In today's tech-savvy world, most of us use smart phones on a daily basis. With so many people enjoying quality cameras and photo sharing apps such as Instagram, it's never been easier to share photos and memories.

    You can be sure that many of your guests will be getting snap-happy at your wedding, so why not make it work for you? It'll be like having a crowd of extra photographers (at no extra cost!). To make it easy, create a predetermined wedding hashtag that guests can use. Add it to your invitations and have a couple of signs around the venue to remind them. We love this website that offers free templates for Instagram wedding signs, check it out.


  • Meet the Events Team: Nadia Valentyn

    Posted on July 1, 2015 by Admin

    Nadia Valentyn is a Wedding and Event coordinator at Val de Vie Events. Each wedding she coordinates starts with meeting couples over a cup of coffee to get a good background of their lives, what they do, their hobbies and, of course, the most important aspect: their dreams and ideas for the big day. Nadia loves this process and is always thrilled to see how things take shape right from the beginning through to the very last detail on the day.

    Nadia also draws on her experience in the bridal wear industry, giving valuable tips about  both men and women's attire. She knows all the do’s and don’ts and enjoys sharing her knowledge of service providers and reputable professionals.

    Nadia admits that she always cries when she sees the bride walking down the aisle. Seeing how everything comes together - from the initial planning, dreaming, picking out colours and patterns – to form a perfect picture on the day. She also loves the feeling of showing couples a sneak peek of the ballroom and seeing their delighted faces.

    As Nadia says, "it makes all the long hours and hard work worthwhile – the feeling you get when you get to do what you love each day – priceless!"


  • Sensational stationery by Secret Diary

    Posted on July 1, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    It is always a treat to look at the latest work by Secret Diary. This talented design agency offers a range of services, including graphic design, printing and gorgeous print finishes.

    The power of stylish, memorable logo should never be underestimated. Investing in a professional line of corporate stationery will polish your brand's image and make a meaningful impression to potential clients.

    Secret Diary makes it easy too - simply book a consultation with for helpful guidance and insight on how to improve your brand's identity. Following on from that, they will present several ideas for you to approve until the perfect design is selected.

    Just as having chic branding is important for your business, so is the right venue for corporate events. Choose Val de Vie for your next functions and contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.




  • Toni and Nicholas' wedding

    Posted on June 29, 2015 by Admin

    Here are some stunning shots from Toni and Nicholas' Val de Vie wedding. We love the chic, crisp decor scheme and the elegant tiered cake - what a showstopper! We wish the newlyweds much happiness in their life together.


  • Marcel and Merike's in My Wedding Day magazine

    Posted on June 29, 2015 by Admin

    We are delighted to see Marcel and Merike's wedding in the pages of My Wedding Day magazine. Elsje Human completed the on-the-day coordination and it was a real pleasure to host this beautiful couple. The wedding was beautifully romantic, celebrating the love between the lovely Merike and Marcel, a Springbok rugby player who also plays for the Bulls.

    Click here to see the article.


  • Val de Vie Estate announces the expansion of its borders, encompassing Gentleman’s Estates and River Reserves

    Posted on June 29, 2015 by janette

    Those with a keen eye for property investments, with a love for the Cape Winelands or simply a yearning to “live the good life” in a secure environment, will be pleased to know that one of the country’s most esteemed residential, lifestyle and polo estates, Val de Vie Estate, has officially launched the second phase of its greater development. Val de Vie will expand its borders to encompass 300 hectares of land, which it has purchased from Pearl Valley Golf and Country Estate.

    Comments Ryk Neethling, Val de Vie’s Marketing Director: “Val de Vie has been an extremely popular choice for families from all corners of the country, as well as for expats wanting to invest in South African property. Home to the ‘Safest House in Africa’, Val de Vie truly has something rare to offer in terms of security, as well as lifestyle and location. We’re very excited that, with the current expansions, even more people will now have the opportunity to embrace this.”

    Since its inception in 2006, Val de Vie has transformed the ground on which it is located in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley from a desolate state to a stunning piece of land that now lives up to its name, meaning “Valley of Life”.

    Comments Dr Andrew Golding, Chief Executive of the Pam Golding Property Group: “Val de Vie has taken an innovative and holistic approach to the development of this sought after estate, catering for a diverse range of home buyers with stylish, modern homes offering the ultimate in secure, country living with a host of amenities – all this less than 15 minutes from Stellenbosch and under 30 minutes from Cape Town.”

    Building on the success it has seen over the years and based on its core values that promote sustainability, Val de Vie’s second phase will entail the development of smallholding properties, including:

    Gentleman’s Estates

    Ranging from 1,2 hectares to 3,53 hectares, the Gentleman’s Estates will allow buyers the opportunity to cultivate vineyards, olive groves, organic vegetables and the like, or to keep horses or certain breeds of livestock. Thus, these estates cater perfectly to those looking to enjoy all the perks of farm life, without the stresses of commercial farming and with the added benefit of the estate’s outstanding security.

    “These new Gentleman’s Estates will have huge appeal for families who want to enjoy all the benefits of a healthy, farm-type lifestyle,” continues Dr Golding. “This is already a highly successful farming area. Back in the 1600s and 1700s fresh fruit andvegetables were cultivated and traded with passing ships and now today’s residents at Val de Vie can reap the rewards and satisfaction of tilling the land while enjoying an idyllic lifestyle on one of South Africa’s most successful estates, without any security concerns.”

    River Reserves


    Based on a similar concept, Val de Vie’s four River Reserves will range in size from 2,56 hectares to 5,83 hectares and will be classed as eco-estates, where indigenous buck such as the grysbok and steenbok will be free to roam amidst rehabilitated fynbos and nature at its best. Furthermore, buyers of River Reserves will be allowed to keep select game species on their property in conjunction with Cape Nature. These estates will be ideal for those seeking the best of both worlds – expansive outdoor surroundings as well as proximity to the city and other amenities.

    The purchase of both Gentleman’s Estates and River Reserves includes allocated water from the estate’s existing water rights, irrigation installation as well as a complete landscaping plan which will be devised together with a professional landscaper. Furthermore, each buyer will receive two complimentary concept design meetings with one of South Africa’s most esteemed architects, Stefan Antoni of Antoni Associates in order to create their dream home on one of these estates. Owners of these estates will be charged the same levies as other Val de Vie homeowners.

    “We believe that the limited number and unique offering of Gentleman’s Estates and River Reserves have the potential for sound investment returns as capital values increase, and will also helpboost the value of other properties on the estate,” adds Dr Golding. “Already renowned for its fine wines, world-class polo grounds, exceptional health club with gym, squash and tennis courts plus heated indoor pool and top quality restaurant, Val de Vie has now added a highly attractive new element with this agricultural offering.”

    Another of the most noteworthy developments to take place at Val de Vie, set to be completed by the year 2017, will be the addition of a bridge which will extend across the Berg River to connect with the R45, thus bringing access to excellent schools, the University of Stellenbosch and Cape Town International Airport that much closer to Val de Vie.

    “The essence of these properties reiterates that which we’ve poured our hearts into prioritising as an estate – life lived close to nature, with a range of excellent amenities on one’s doorstep, world-class security and the freedom to enjoy one’s surroundings – ‘life worth living’, as we like to say,” concludes Neethling.

    Smallholding erven prices start at R 6.5 million ex. VAT.

    For further information on Val de Vie’s property developments, contact Val de Vie on: +27 21 863 6105 or at: property@valdevie.co.za

    To view the available erven, view our Interactive Sales Map HERE


  • Meet the Events Team: Johan George

    Posted on June 24, 2015 by Admin

    Johan George is our Venue Logistics Manager and the driver of the estate's gorgeous Rolls Royce. As a natural multi-tasker and an incredibly diligent worker, he's the cheerful go-to man in the Events team and is always willing to help with anything that may come up.

    There are so many things that Johan does to ensure that everything runs smoothly. He oversees the small details that make all the difference, such as collecting the bride from the Villa and opening the door for her when arrives at the aisle, or driving weddings couples onto the polo field where they throw in the ball to start a polo match. For Johan it is a real pleasure to drive the Rolls Royce and share the experience with wedding couples and VIPs.

    Johan is committed to the maintenance of our beautiful venue and managing its stock. He oversees the set-up of weddings with great care, whether checking that each wine glass is polished and impeccably aligned or setting up the ceremony area to perfection.

    Johan is also responsible for the set-up of the Val de Vie Market. The venue is always  spick and span under his watchful eye, and on rainy days you can be sure that everyone will have an umbrella!

    Photograph by Cheryl McEwan


  • ‎Polo, a game fit for a King!

    Posted on June 23, 2015 by Admin

    This weekend past Prince George showed the world how polo is meant to celebrated and enjoyed.

    The adorable young Royal was having a blast at the Festival of Polo at the Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire. As his happy face shows, he was enjoying polo for what it is really about: fun, fresh air and family time. This is how the sport has been embraced in Argentina and it's an approach that we also love.

    You inspire us, Prince George! Moments like these make us so excited for the upcoming Polo Season that kicks off in October 2015 and ends in April 2016.

    We cordially invite you to come and share in the authentic lifestyle here at Val de Vie, where playing polo is a way of life.

    Do keep your eye on the calendar on the website for all social polo events ahead.

    Three cheers to the ponies!



    Images from the Daily Mail


  • The urban wedding

    Posted on June 23, 2015 by Elsje Human

    We are so fortunate to live in a country with dazzling scenery and countryside, but today we're daydreaming about chic city weddings. There's something edgy and romantic about tying the knot amidst the buzz of a city - it's certainly something different and memorable.

    There's a practical element too: City weddings are convenient for guests, who might not have to travel as far as they would to rural venues. Similarly, service providers might be closer too, which will help to curb your costs (always a bonus!).


  • Junebug Weddings' Bridal Fashion Forecast for 2016

    Posted on June 22, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Here at Val de Vie Events we love fresh ideas and one of our favourite sources of ispiration is Junebug Weddings. Recently they showcased their selection of bridal trends for 2016, which got us very excited for the next season!

    Credit: All text and images from Junebug Weddings.

    Off-the-shoulder:

    Off-the-shoulder gowns offer a timeless, elegant feel to the most romantic day of your life. Exposing the décolletage creates an intimate, effortless beauty that’s perfect for any bride.

    Off the shoulder3

    Credit: Jenny PackhamSareh NouriLela Rose

    Non-traditional Colors:

    Who said bridal gowns are always white? Extraordinary designers like Sareh Nouri and Monique Lhuillier are pushing the limits of what’s traditional by adding unique colors to their designs this season, creating immaculate, eye-catching gowns.

    New colors2

    Credit: Sareh Nouri, Monique LhuillierSareh Nouri

    Two-piece:

    Giving bridal week a fresh new look to wedding gowns, designers are bringing in the mid-drift. Exposing one of the most flattering parts of the body makes any bride cool and confident on her big day. This look is sure to be a winner this year!

    Credit:Hayley Paige, Reem AcraKaren Willis Holmes

    Colorful Hair Accessories:

    Bridal crowns aren’t what we’re predicting this year. We can’t wait to see more colorful florals uniquely placed throughout the bride’s hair. This whimsical look adds a touch of color to a bride’s overall look.

    Credit: Mathias FastInes Di Santo, Chris Spira

    Repurposed Gowns:

    Truly creating a one-of-a-kind day, brides who wear wedding gowns made from other once used items showcase a unique look that would be found nowhere else. Whether the items be sentimental or not, the dress is sure to be an original. Top-designers have already jumped on the trend! Joelle Perry created a repurposed gown using a 1940’s table cloth.

    Credit: Joelle Perry, Golden Hour Studios, Stephanie Rogers Photography


  • Black and white is always right

    Posted on June 22, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Black and white will always be a style staple and it's easy to see why: this look is classic, clear-cut and effortlessly classy. A beautifully tailored white shirt paired with skinny cut black pants is the perfect combo for day to evening wear.

    Just as looking the part is important, so is the right venue for corporate events. Choose Val de Vie for your next functions and contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Cintron Pink Polo 2015 is proud to support the Ditto Project

    Posted on June 18, 2015 by Admin

    Cintron Pink Polo 2015 is delighted to be supporting the Ditto Project this year, a charity that helps women breast cancer patients have access to prostheses.

    About the Ditto Project

    After having breast cancer and a mastectomy, a woman is often worried about her appearance. External breast prosthesis may be the only option a woman has, especially if she cannot afford to undergo reconstructive surgery. Wearing a breast prosthesis is a personal choice. The reality is that many breast cancer patients in South Africa cannot even afford a bra, let alone a breast prosthesis. Reach for Recovery wants to help these women who come from very low income groups to feel confident again after the traumatic diagnoses and surgery through the Ditto Project . It aims to assist them with a silicone breast prosthesis.  A breast prosthesis or breast form is an artificial breast that can be worn to simulate the natural breast and body shape. The local Reach for Recovery Group also provides a fitting service to ensure that a woman chooses the right shape and size. The Ditto Project is also looking at ways to ensure that the woman will have a proper bra to wear her breast prosthesis with confidence.

    For more information, visit Reach for Recovery's website.


  • Ebun and Segun's wedding

    Posted on June 18, 2015 by Admin

    Ebun and Segun celebrated their gorgeous wedding at Val de Vie and we can't take our eyes off these stunning shots by Zara Zoo. Hailing from Nigeria, the couple were joined by 200 guests, most of whom flew in from Lagos.

    The event was coordinated by Wedding Concepts, who were responsible for the concept, decor and design. There is so much about it that we love: the opulent decor, the feast of food (the dessert station was sensational) and the swanky after party that saw guests celebrating in style and luxury.












  • Less than 5 months until Cintron Pink Polo!

    Posted on June 18, 2015 by Admin

    It's less than 5 months until Cintron Pink Polo! This worthy and glamorous event will be held on 7 November 2015 and is one of the most anticipated events in the Western Cape’s social and polo calendar. Held at Val de Vie Estate, this fun day out is an annual fundraiser in aid of breast cancer programmes and research. Guests enjoy a glorious afternoon of riveting polo, up-to-the-minute fashion and mouth-watering high tea on the lawns of South Africa's only wine and polo Estate.

    Buy Tickets

    Buy tickets via Computicket


  • Meet the Events Team: Elsje Oosthuizen

    Posted on June 17, 2015 by Admin

    Elsje Oosthuizen is the talented Project Coordinator and Business strategist of Val de Vie Events. Her main role and passion is managing large polo events, which is no mean feat! She thrives on the challenges that come with this, from the sponsorships, logistics and crisis management to creating a detailed 40-page programme.

    Elsje's impeccable attention to detail shows in the events that she coordinates. She enjoys team work and is always eager to be creative and innovative.

    Elsje also loves Full Coordination weddings and has coordinated the weddings of Protea cricket player JP and Sue Duminy and Springbok rugby player Duane and Ezel Vermeulen.
    Her favourite part of a wedding is the moment just before the bride walks down the aisle. Elsje is every bride's guardian angel, helping to fluff the dress and offering the bride a sip of water. It's all these small details that prep for the moment when the brides locks eyes with her groom.

    Elsje loves the fact that Val de Vie Estate is always growing and evolving as a world-class destination, making her very excited about the future of the estate.

    Arrange a meeting with Elsje to discuss your event by sending an email to elsje.oosthuizen@valdevie.co.za or contacting 0218636191


  • Get cosy with chunky knits

    Posted on June 16, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Are you feeling the cold this Winter? We love the look of chunky, over-sized knits. Not only are they practical, they can make a style statement with bold colours, unique patterns and luxurious wool.


  • A warm winter wedding

    Posted on June 16, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    A Winter wedding is not about grey skies and rainy days! The cold season is the perfect time to host a sophisticated event that celebrates all that we love about Winter. Pair deep, warm shades such as wine red with crisp white, host a lavish indoor banquet and keep guests cosy with roaring fires and gluhwein.


  • The luxury of a winter wedding

    Posted on June 15, 2015 by Elsje Human

    The cold weather and rainy days make Winter the perfect season to indulge in creature comforts and luxury, and a Winter wedding is no exception to this rule. We love the idea of a sumptuous celebration filled with heartwarming elements: rich textures such as faux fur, decadent treats such as hot white chocolate and pastries, and a gorgeous palette of creams, greys and white.


  • Make your year-end event a classy affair

    Posted on June 12, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Have you started planning for your corporate year-end event yet? Now is the time to get going so that the planning process can be stress-free.

    The first step is to make a to-do list. Go through each item carefully and spend enough time on each element; it really pays to be thorough and organised right from the start. Invitations, food tastings, an enticing selection of wines and beverages, décor... these are all details that need careful consideration and creativity.

    If you would like assistance with your year-end function or need an exceptional venue,  contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.

    Happy planning!


  • Meet the Events Team: Elsje

    Posted on June 10, 2015 by Admin

    Elsje Human is the Val de Vie Market Manager and an events coordinator. She has a real passion for serving guests, being part of their celebrations and helping to create memories that will last a life time. Elsje loves watching the guests as they laugh together and celebrate, knowing that she was able to make their special occasion possible.

    Her favourite part of the event planning process? Meeting with guests to discuss their dreams and then helping them to become a reality. Elsje is inspired by all the elements of the event industry - from decor and stationery to food and flowers - and how they all comes together in an event. She loves the moment when guests are about to enter the reception area to marvel at a gorgeous setting created by our team.

    The cherry on top for Elsje is being surrounded by the scenery of Val de Vie Estate. As a Free State local, she never ceases to be amazed by the towering mountains of our valley.

    To contact Elsje regarding your event/wedding send an email to elsje.human@valdevie.co.za or call 021 863 6191 to arrange a meeting over a cup of coffee.


  • Brighten up your day with bold colours

    Posted on June 9, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    After a recent trip to New York to see the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, our team is so inspired by the bright, bold colours of the Big Apple. Here is a punchy moodboard to brighten up your day and to celebrate the power of colour.


  • Dress for success

    Posted on June 8, 2015 by Nadia Valentyn

    Power dressing has come a long way since the shoulder pads and baggy suits of the 1980s.  Today it's all about wearing tailored outfits that help you to exude confidence and celebrate your own personal style. You can never go wrong with a classic blazer, a basic leather bag, luxe fabrics such as silk and a statement pair of heels.

    Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions.

    As such, we know the impact of power dressing. Businesses of all sizes typically adopt a dress code to help guide employee decisions related to proper appearance and attire for the workplace. A company's decision to propose and enforce a corporate dress code often stems from a desire to create and maintain a particular image within the community and with customers.

    Just as looking the part is important, so is the right venue for corporate events. Choose Val de Vie for your next functions and contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Sassy suede

    Posted on June 5, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    It's cold outside and time to bring out the winter wardrobe! We love the rich feel of suede. It's got a rustic, prairie-girl style and is as warm as it is stylish. Opt for colourful suede accessories if you prefer a subtle look, or go all-out boho with a fringed suede bag.


  • Cosy coffee cups

    Posted on June 4, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Paper cups can be used to hold anything from a steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee, rich hot chocolate or a selection of gummy sweets from a candy buffet.

    Personalize your cups by having your names and wedding date printed on them, or be creative and print a couple of fun questions. Design the cups according to your theme and wedding colors and you can save a bit on your decorations budget.


  • The Val de Vie Events team attends the New York Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

    Posted on June 3, 2015 by Admin

    The Val de Vie Events team were thrilled to be invited as guests to the New York Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. The highly anticipated event was attended by Hollywood stars such as Diane Kruger, Emma Roberts, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and was a glamorous day of polo, Champagne and fashion.

    Our team were so inspired by the trip and can't wait to host the next Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters at Val de Vie, which will be held on 5 March 2016.

    For more photos and details, check out this article by Business Insider, or visit wwd.com.

    The ferry transporting the guests from Manhattan to Jersey where the event is hosted.

    Arriving at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic hosted in NYC on 30 May 2015

    Front row seats for Val de Vie Events

    5000 general public tickets sold

    The team behind the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo at Val de Vie Estate



  • Edgy elegance

    Posted on June 2, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    A chic office makes work a lot more fun, which is why we love these chic office ideas. Copper, geometric prints and modern, minimalist design create a contemporary look that would jazz up any workspace.


  • We've got chic corporate events in the bag

    Posted on May 6, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions.

    Part of a successful corporate event is looking the part. Power dressing speaks volumes about your identity and brand, so having the right style is very important. We love smart work bags that double up as iPad or laptop holders and chic accessories.

    Just as looking the part is vital, so is the right venue for corporate events. Choose Val de Vie for your next functions and contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • The Khula Development Group: An inspiration to us all

    Posted on May 5, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events was absolutely thrilled to give the Khula Development Group a brand new car. We are so grateful for the chance to give back to the community of Paarl and to assist this incredible organisation's work.

    Val de Vie Events MD Simone de Wet and her team have a basic business motto: "VISION creates PROVISION".

    As she puts it, "Most people work, sp how blessed are we to know that we love what we do because our 'doing' is driven by a common PURPOSE, which is to always give back.

    There are so many ways of giving. It can be monetary,  your time or even your skill set. Once you become more focused on other people's needs around you, you will become aware that YOU TOO can truly make a difference.

    The moment one person's life is changed, or where  hope has been given to an individual, it can change a whole family, neighbourhood, a town, and then a generation and ultimately a country.

    Let's get busy with a focus on our individual true PURPOSE and not only will we BE the change, but we will SEE the change".

    Khula was founded in 2003 as a humanitarian organisation that supports out-of-school children in the Paarl East area. These are children who have fallen out of the school system due to their personal circumstances.

    Khula is a community-based program with a vision to provide sustainable support to these out-of-school children and their families by assisting them emotionally, socially, spiritually and educationally.

    Khula makes a meaningful difference in our community and we encourage everyone to support their efforts. Visit Khula's website to find out more about the amazing work they do.



  • Shakeela and Faeez's Wedding

    Posted on April 28, 2015 by Admin

    Shakeela and Faeez celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie and we love the understated elegance of the occasion.  We are so happy to have hosted this gorgeous couple and wish them much love, joy and prosperity together.

    View stunning more photos on Jilda G's website.


  • Tracy and Collin's wedding

    Posted on April 23, 2015 by Admin

    There is one word that describes Tracy and Collin's wedding: wow! What a stunning day this was, we were so thrilled to be part of it.

    Val de Vie Full Coordination and Simone planned the occasion, which was held on 14 February at the estate, making it extra romantic. A myriad of beautiful elements came together to form a most perfect day: luxurious decor, fine cuisine, Veuve Clicquot champagne, sunny skies and an atmosphere of joy and love.

    To more photos (masterfully taken by Abri Kruger), please click here.
















  • Floral fantasy: The hottest cake trend

    Posted on April 17, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Cake decorating has become a fine art, with cake makers creating the most elaborate adornments out of fondant or marzipan. As spectacular as these creations are, there is perhaps nothing more gorgeous than a colourful burst of fresh flowers. Cakes are getting covered with beautiful blooms that not only match the wedding decor scheme, but also make a visual statement in their own right.


  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015 caught on camera

    Posted on April 15, 2015 by Admin

    For the first time in the history of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, polo fans were treated to a high-goal 12-goal polo tournament with talented South African and international players. Shimmy Beach Club won the opening match against Team Nigus, while team Julius Bär and Veuve Clicquot drew in the riveting main game. Bentley was there to not only throw in the ball with Moet Hennessy’s marketing manager Patrick Madendjian at the start of the finale game, but to entertain guests with their magnificent vehicles during the traditional divit stomping at half time.

    The Polo Commentator for the day, the illustrious Matthew Pohl, kept guests glued to their seat, not a difficult task with the most riviting polo played on the Val de Vie fields to date.

    The Official Fashion Partners at the 2015 event –Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner - showcased their latest couture collection and quintessential looks on the catwalk, with some surprising and evocative pieces.

    There is perhaps no other sport that carries the prestige and class that the Game of Kings does. The opulent affair, co-owned by VIVIDLUXURY and Val de Vie Events, has grown beyond expectations over the years attracting both the cream of the crop of both local and international guests. This year’s VIP guest list included international actors Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Hannah New, Clara Paget, the Royal Warrant of Appointment for the Royal House of Belgium & renowned couture designer Fabienne Delvigne and some of South Africa’s finest celebrities such as Lee-Ann and Nicky van der Walt, Jeannie D, Tarina Patel, Jen Su, Maps Maponyane, Siv Ngesi, and many more.

    The Bentley car display has become a tradition at this glamourous daytime event. It provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the spectators who desire some serious torque. Associate Sponsor and Official Vehicle Partner, Bentley revealed their brand new Continental GT V8 for the first time in South Africa, making it to our shores only days before the big event. Other vehicles on display included the Bentley Flying Spur V8, the Mulsanne and the Continental GT.

    As the day drew to a close and the sun set behind the magical pink mountains, guests strolled over to the after party, hosted by Shimmy Beach Club, where they danced the night away.

    Veuve Clicquot founded the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in 2011 in Cape Town at the magnificent Val de Vie Polo estate, supporting the growing love for the sport in the city. Drawing inspiration from polo's global presence, with its rich culture and heritage, Veuve Clicquot continues to bolster this sport in South Africa and around the world. Spectators gather to enjoy polo matches and take part in elaborate and glamorous afternoons celebrating the game. More than any other sport, polo is best savored live, steeped in tradition and perpetuated by Veuve Clicquot.


  • Autumn wedding cakes

    Posted on April 15, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Autumn is a beautiful season with deep, rich colours that can make a wedding cake truly spectacular. Draw inspiration from nature with berries, fruits and seeds. Marzipan confectionery look gorgeous, or perhaps delicate stencils designs.

    If you prefer a more traditional and classic style, opt for a simple all-white cake and adorn it with seasonal elements, such leave motifs and branches. Don't forget the flavours either: we love decadent options such as apple, pumpkin or salted caramel.


  • Treat your guests to polo at your wedding

    Posted on April 14, 2015 by Maryke

    Looking for a unique and memorable way to entertain your guests? Keep your them captivated for 45 minutes with an action-packed polo game. While they enjoy the spectacle, the newlyweds have plenty of time for wedding photos on the estate. A polo game has a true sense of tradition and adds an exciting sense of occasion to your event.

    Val de Vie Estate is the only residential estate in Africa that offers you the opportunity to enjoy a private polo game during your wedding or function. Our team will be delighted to make this noble sport part of your celebration.


  • When life gives you lemons... make lemonade!

    Posted on April 14, 2015 by Maryke

    There's nothing more refreshing than a glass of homemade lemonade. Here are some beautiful ways to serve lemonade at your wedding as a pre-drink option.


  • Creative spaces for creative thinking

    Posted on April 13, 2015 by Maryke

    At Val de Vie Events we love to keep inspired and keep the creative juices flowing. The key is having spaces that reflect a culture of everything that motivates and drives people. A space with autonomy and flexibility – that’s a space that can transform a business. The way an office is set up, along with the furniture and office accessories used, can dictate the productivity of your entire team.

    If you're planning a corporate events, choose Val de Vie for fresh concepts, inspired ideas and efficient planning. Please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Looking the part: Corporate chic

    Posted on April 10, 2015 by Maryke

    Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions.

    As such, we know the impact of power dressing. Businesses of all sizes typically adopt a dress code to help guide employee decisions related to proper appearance and attire for the workplace. A company's decision to propose and enforce a corporate dress code often stems from a desire to create and maintain a particular image within the community and with customers.

    Just as looking the part is important, so is the right venue for corporate events. Choose Val de Vie for your next functions and contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Jenna and Lukas' Wedding

    Posted on March 30, 2015 by Admin

    Jenna and Lukas held their wedding at Val de Vie in December. With a lovely indoor ceremony, a crisp decor palette of green and white and a decadent candy station, there were so many elements that made it such a  beautiful day. We loved hosting this couple and wish them a lifetime of joy and happiness.

    Charl Smith of Agapé Studio took the gorgeous photos, which bring back all the happy memories from the celebration.


  • Lieselot and Steven's Wedding

    Posted on March 30, 2015 by Admin

    Lieselot and Steven held their wedding on 18 February at our beautiful estate. The day was made all the more special by 18 guests who all came from Belgium to attend the celebrations. We are so happy for this lovely couple and wish them all the happiness in the future.

    Service Providers

    Photography: Inecke Photography
    Venue – Val die Vie Wine Estate
    Flowers – Nico from Nstyling
    Catering – Polo Club Restaurant


  • Damian and Lucinda's Wedding

    Posted on March 30, 2015 by Admin

    Damian and Lucinda celebrated their marriage at Val de Vie on 6 February 2015. It was so wonderful to witness the strong love that the newlyweds feel for each other - what a stunning day!

    Here are a few photos from the event taken by Christene de Coning Photography (watch out for more shots soon).

    We love and appreciate these kind words by Christene:

    "Damian en Lucinda het gister by Val de Vie Estate getrou, dit was die perfekte dag met twee wonderlike mense. Ek het elke oomblik geniet en is dankbaar om deel te kon gewees het van hulle spesiale dag. Ek sal altyd Damian se toespraak aan Lucinda onthou."'n mens is nie gemaak om alleen te wees nie, en as jy bid vir die tiepe maat wat jy graag wil he sal die Here vir jou sorg!" Julle is baie spesiaal!

    Dankie vir Carla Diener Photography wat my geassisteer het, jy is 'n ster. Dankie vir al jou hulp!

    Die fantastiese Marvin van Romanesque het Lucinda se rok gemaak en soos altyd was dit besonders mooi.

    Dankie aan Val de Vie Polo & Wine Estate, julle was ongelooflik en die kos was fantasties!"


  • The magic of mauve

    Posted on March 27, 2015 by Elsje Human

    Mauve is the hottest wedding colour for 2015 and 2016. Why do we love it? This colour glamorous, sophisticated and makes a statement, yet it's also subtle and elegant.

    Mauve is a muted shade of purple with hints of grey, making it a softer and more timeless option. It looks great with grey, brown and white, or perhaps a dash of silver sparkle.


  • Setting a new standard for corporate events

    Posted on March 26, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Autumn is a great season to host a corporate event at Val de Vie Estate. Add an extra dimension to your company’s event by making use of these innovative corporate event trends.

    Technology is everywhere, why not use it at your next corporate?

    Tablets are a major trend and can be used in so many practical ways: checking in guests, menu orders and competitions.

    Impressive light and sound displays are also a must, creating a unique and exciting ambiance.

    Craft beers and corporate cocktails

    Team up with a local brewery to bring a selection of craft beers to your event. Craft beers offer a personalised, local spin on drinks for your guests to enjoy.

    Another great idea is creating a corporate cocktail that is unique to your brand or event. Bring in your corporate colours, create a catchy name and your cocktail is sure to be a memorable hit.

    Embrace patterns, prints and colour

    Patterns have been a major trend and really add a wow factor to event decor. Val de Vie is a stylish venue which is a great starting point to plan your event. Add visual interest by incorporating patterns, bold prints or a mix of colors. We love chevron, polka dots, stripes or houndstooth.

    With tech trends, unique beverages and dazzling designs, your corporate event will have all the spice it needs to leave your guests amazed and excited for the next one!


  • Join us at the Market at Val de Vie this Sunday

    Posted on March 24, 2015 by Admin

    Come and join our market on Sunday, the 29th of March. Held between 10am to 3pm, the market showcases some of the region’s finest local produce in a spectacular country setting. Visitors can discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoy sunshine, smiles and a festive atmosphere.

    Irresistible food stands present a variety of delicious homemade fare, ranging from oysters, pies and gourmet delicacies to decadent sweet treats. There's no shortage of refreshment either, with seven drink stations selling wines, bubbly, local beers and fresh juices.

    Beautiful clothes, jewellery and homeware are also on sale, lovingly made by specially selected vendors from accross the winelands. Apart from the all the tempting goods on offer, there's something for everyone at the market. Patrons are entertained by an exciting game of polo while enjoying a glass of Pongracz and live music. Children are treated to a variety of fun activities with new surprises at every Market.

    See you there!


  • Keep it cool with blue and white

    Posted on March 24, 2015 by Maryke

    A favourite palette for corporate events is crisp blue and white. This classic combination is always elegant, cool and calm, and lends itself to many styles: French, coastal, contemporary, country... to name just a few.


  • Autumn boquets

    Posted on March 24, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    As we head into Autumn, a host of stunning flowers become available to brides. We love the unique beauty of this season, particularly the rich, golden hues and deep, almost burnt shades that are reminiscent of the changing vines.

    Here are just some of the lovely blooms available in Autumn:

    Allium, Anemone, Black-eyed Susan vine, Bamboo orchid, Camellia, Delphinium, Freesia, Foxtail orchid, Gerbera, Gladiolus, Laelia, Lavender, Marigold, Narcissus, Poppies, Roses, Stephanotis, Water lilies.


  • Marcel and Merike’s wedding

    Posted on March 23, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie was thrilled to host the wedding of Marcel and Merike. Held on a picture-perfect day, it was a beautifully romantic and memorable day, celebrating the love between the lovely Merike and Marcel, a Springbok rugby player who also plays for the Bulls.

    We love the stunning photos taken by Laura Leigh, which show how magnificent the occasion was. Please visit her website for more photos.

    Suppliers


  • Denim and lace: The new black and white

    Posted on March 23, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Everyone has an old pair (or ten) of jeans lying at the back of the cupboard. They might be faded and scruffy, but you just don't have the heart to throw them away.

    The latest trend of combing denim with lace is the perfect opportunity to transform your old items into something new and edgy. Use scraps of lace to create a softer, more romantic look with old denim. This trend is funky, playful and old-school. Suddenly a few pieces of lace and denim in your drawer can become a fun fashion statement.


  • Capturing the moments

    Posted on March 20, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Val de Vie is a unique setting as a photographic venue, offering a variety of locations within the estate. With its breathtaking scenery, the estate offers many possibilities for a chic and memorable photoshoot.

    Brides-to-be take note: you can have a special pre-wedding engagement shoot at no additional cost if you are getting married at Val de Vie.

    For any other photoshoot requirements, please contact the Val de Vie Events team at events@valdevie.co.za


  • Rebecca and Rig's wedding

    Posted on March 13, 2015 by Admin

    We were so delighted to host the wedding of Rebecca and Rig, a magnificent occasion that was a true celebration of love and happiness.

    After an intimate elopement to Plettenberg Bay where Rig grew up, the couple headed to Italy for their first formal wedding celebration. Italy holds special childhood memories for the groom and was also a convenient location for the many international guests who attended the event.

    The enchanting wedding was held at a villa located in a small Italian hamlet near Capolona and the couple had photos taken in both the surrounding countryside and the city of Florence.

    The couple's second celebration was held at Val de Vie. As a polo lover, Rig was naturally drawn to the estate, and Rebecca surprised him with the opportunity to play his favorite sport on his wedding day - what a lovely gesture!

    The couple had the privilege of bringing the wedding photographer Julian Bower from their Italian wedding to their Val de Vie celebration. As the images show, both of these special days were breathtakingly beautiful, and a real delight to behold.

    The décor for the Val de Vie wedding was inspired by a magazine photo that Rebecca had  seen some months before the wedding, showing several pastel teacup saucers stacked in a pile, each with a golden rim on the edge. Rebecca wanted to have playful sorbet colors with mint as the main colour, but also to add some elegance with a trimming of gold.

    A fantastic aspect of the day was how the children were included in the celebration. A fun kids' area was set up next to the main reception dinner table and included party jars with toys and activities,  a separate space to make pizzas as well as a fun photo booth.

    The table centerpieces featured miniature cakes, which also served as special wedding favours for the ladies at the end of the reception.  As Rebecca says, "I wanted the guests to feel spoilt and struggled to find wedding favors that I really liked, so I thought pretty miniature cakes would be a fun treat. The miniature cakes were designed from a combination of dozens of wedding cakes that had caught my eye from various wedding photos online and our cake maker did an astonishing job of producing cakes that far exceeded what I had pictured: they were a definite highlight of the day!"

    Rebecca's wedding dress was a two-in-one creation  designed by Robyn Roberts Bridal Wear Studio. Rebecca explains the genius behind the design: "Since our wedding celebrations in Italy and Cape Town would be in two very different settings, I wanted to have a different wedding gown to reflect this.  The wedding designer created a base wedding dress of raw silk (to which she added a large bow and ribbon at the back for the Cape Town celebration) and a custom-made wedding Tuscan lace overlay for the celebration in Italy".

    Another highlight of the day was the flowers. Rebecca's favourite bloom is peonies, which were out of season at the time of the wedding. The florist cleverly gathered several other favorites, including several playful pastel-colored poppies which made for the perfect informal bride's bouquet and table arrangements to go with the decor theme. Rebecca fondly remembers the moment when she picked up her bridal bouquet: "It was the first moment I actually caught my breath in the midst of all the wedding preparations to realize: The best day of my life is about to happen as I marry my best friend (all over again!)."

    We were so thrilled to host this special couple and thank them for their kind words:

    "Thanks to the kindness of both Nadia (wedding coordinator) and Kevin (polo match organizer) from Val de Vie, this was the first wedding polo match where the groom actually got to play in the game!  We were so touched by the warm welcome, and professional yet personable service we received by all the staff at Val de Vie and the Polo Club Restaurant; Nadia Valentyn's experienced oversight of our celebration and her shared excitement over the wedding details (such a joy to me) truly put us at ease for the big day so that we were able to savor every moment!   We were also blown away by the quality and variety of food offered by Dish Food & Social and their children's menu could not have been more amazing...we even had some of the adults migrate to the children's party table for some 'tastings'!"

    SERVICE PROVIDERS & DESIGNERS:

    Photographer: Julian Bower
    Wedding dinner: Val de Vie Polo Club Restaurant
    Cakes: Frostings Cakes
    Flowers: LUSH Flowers
    Photo-booth: Photo Bomb
    Music: Amy Larter Music
    Make-up: Candice Leigh
    Wedding dress: Robyn Roberts Bridal Wear Studio
    Groom’s suit: Hilton Weiner
    Bride’s shoes: BHLDN Weddings
    Bride’s ring: Mirko Jewellery
    Groom’s ring: The groom’s ring was inherited from his dad.


  • Apoti and Zanele's wedding

    Posted on March 13, 2015 by Admin

    Apoti and Zanele celebrated their gorgeous wedding at Val de Vie and it was such a beautiful, joyful celebration. From the touching outdoor ceremony to the elegant reception, every moment was filled with happiness.

    Vivid Blue Photography's images capture the spirit of the day, view more photos on Vivid Blue's website.

    SERVICE PROVIDERS

    VENUE: Val De Vie
    DECOR: Flowers in the Foyer
    VIDEO: FJS
    FURNITURE: Makiti hire
    STATIONERY: Secret Diary Design
    DJ: DJ Timo


  • The 2015 Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley puts Cape Town on the map

    Posted on March 12, 2015 by Admin

    On a magnificent Cape Town summers day, guests of the fifth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo donned their Polo best and stepped into a picture perfect world showcasing the best of Polo lifestyle. Val de Vie Estate, in the Paarl- Franschhoek valley provided an impressive setting for a day filled with couture, beautiful guests, exhilarating polo and perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

    This year’s event décor theme, designed to reflect Veuve Clicquot’s latest international ‘mail campaign’ which was inspired by the days when Madame Clicquot used to communicate with her suppliers, agents and acquaintances via traditional mail. Even in today’s fast-moving electronic world, there’s still nothing quite like getting a letter or package in the mail, and the event décor brought this theme beautifully to life, in a setting that felt more like a magical wonderland than an events space. The afternoon provided a welcome pause in our guests’ busy lives, to stop and connect in a beautiful setting with a glass of Veuve Clicquot.

    For the first time in the history of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, polo fans were treated to a high-goal 12-goal polo tournament with talented South African and international players. Shimmy Beach Club won the opening match against Team Nigus, while team Julius Bär and Veuve Clicquot drew in the riveting main game. Bentley was there to not only throw in the ball with Moet Hennessy’s marketing manager Patrick Madendjian at the start of the finale game, but to entertain guests with their magnificent vehicles during the traditional divit stomping at half time.

    The Official Fashion Partners at the 2015 event –Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner - showcased their latest couture collection and quintessential looks on the catwalk, with some surprising and evocative pieces. Renowned creative director Warrick Gautier’s designs were inspired by iconic fashion photographers of the 70’s, where couture met the dark sultry streets of Paris. Hilton Weiner’s collection of custom made suits was inspired by the typical reckless rebel who “danced the night away” during the jazz age, with monochromatic, graphic lines and strong, powerful silhouettes making a statement. The thought provoking show also showcased some of the finest international models by the events, Model Agency, 3D. Moroccanoil, the Official Hair Sponsor of the event, reflected the latest international hair trends on the runway, with their two of their top international runway stylists flown out specially for the event.

    There is perhaps no other sport that carries the prestige and class that the Game of Kings does. The opulent affair, co-owned by VIVIDLUXURY and Val de Vie Events, has grown beyond expectations over the years attracting both the cream of the crop of both local and international guests. This year’s VIP guest list included international actors Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Hannah New, Clara Paget, the Royal Warrant of Appointment for the Royal House of Belgium & renowned couture designer Fabienne Delvigne and some of South Africa’s finest celebrities such as  Lee-Ann and Nicky van der Walt, Jeannie D, Tarina Patel, Jen Su, Maps Maponyane, Siv Ngesi, and many more.

    The Bentley car display has become a tradition at this glamourous daytime event. It provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the spectators who desire some serious torque. Associate Sponsor and Official Vehicle Partner, Bentley revealed their brand new Continental GT V8 for the first time in South Africa, making it to our shores only days before the big event. The luxury performance automobile manufacturer also chauffeur drove guests who arrived via helicopter from the Val de Vie Estate landing strip to the chic clubhouse. Other vehicles on display included the Bentley Flying Spur V8, the Mulsanne and the Continental GT.

    The MC for the day, Maps Maponyane, entertained and captivated guests with his style, charm and wit, while the Polo Commentator for the day, the illustrious Matthew Pohl, kept guests glued to their seat, not a difficult task with the most riviting polo played on the Val de Vie fields to date.

    Veuve Clicquot believes in ‘letting life surprise you’, and VIP guests, celebrities and media were treated to perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label throughout the afternoon, before being surprised by an impromptu ‘Rosé toast’, where everyone toasted to Madame Clicquot, the pioneering force behind the house of Veuve Clicquot. Using a fun rose tinted megaphone to announce the occasion, Veuve Clicquot rosé champagne was paired with pink macaroons – the perfect afternoon ‘high-tea’ while the sun was setting behind the exquisite Simonsberg mountains in the background.

    The Best Dressed competition for the day, judged by Elle magazine - the 2015 event’s Official Media Partner, event founder and CEO of VIVIDLUXURY, Anina Malherbe-Lan, and Warrick Gautier, Creative Director of Jenni Button, were another highlight in the action-packed programme of events. Best Dressed Female of the day award went to acclaimed international actress and producer, Tarina Patel. Best Dressed Couple went to wine power couple Olive and Anthony Hamilton-Russell, while Best Dressed Male, went to to the ever-stylish Siv Ngesi – a difficult choice given the high level of style and sophistication displayed at this year’s event.

    As the day drew to a close and the sun set behind the magical pink mountains, guests strolled over to the after party, hosted by Shimmy Beach Club, where they danced the night away. Rikki’s taxis made sure that the guests of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in Association with Bentley arrived at their homes safe and sound – the perfect ending to an incredible day.

    Veuve Clicquot founded the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo in 2011 in Cape Town at the magnificent Val de Vie Polo estate, supporting the growing love for the sport in the city. Drawing inspiration from polo's global presence, with its rich culture and heritage, Veuve Clicquot continues to bolster this sport in South Africa and around the world. Spectators gather to enjoy polo matches and take part in elaborate and glamorous afternoons celebrating the game. More than any other sport, polo is best savored live, steeped in tradition and perpetuated by Veuve Clicquot.

    www.vcmasterspolo.co.za

    #VCMastersPolo




  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is a day away!

    Posted on March 6, 2015 by Admin

    The bright, energetic colour of Veuve Clicquot is on our minds and has taken over the Val de Vie Polo Pavilion. There is so much excitement and anticipation for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, which is taking place tomorrow.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Directions

    Click here to view directions to Val de Vie.


  • White and cream corporate fashion

    Posted on March 4, 2015 by Elsje Human

    When dressing for a corporate function you can't go wrong with a classic white and cream outfit. White on white is a fashion trend for 2015 which can be styled for all four seasons of the year, pair it with a pair of cream heels and you are ready for business.


  • Teams announced for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo

    Posted on March 4, 2015 by Admin

    The Polo teams for the anticipated Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo event taking place this Saturday at Val de Vie Estate have been announced. It will be an enticing 12 goal game with Veuve Clicquot taking on Julius Baer, but Shimmy Beach Club vs Nigus will be kicking off the polo for the day.

    Nigus:

    Doug Lund

    Jannie Steenkamp

    Johan Du Preez

    Prince Malik

    Shimmy Beach Club:

    Chris MacKenzie

    Guy Watson

    Chris Lund

    Nicky Van Der Walt

    Julius Baer:

    Tom Du Bruin

    Johan Du Plooy

    Adamu Atta

    Fernando Munos

    Veuve Clicquot:

    Leroux Hendriks

    Richie Pohl

    George Morgan

    Rupert Hackwill

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at Computicket. Please note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • What to wear to the Veuve Clicquot Maters Polo 2015

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by Admin

    Here is some last-minute fashion inspiration for the fifth Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, which will be held at Val de Vie on 7 March.

    Men's fashion

    Women's fashion

    Avowed as one of Cape Town’s most anticipated annual events, Veuve Clicquot Champagne proudly announces the return of the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2015. The event is a luxury lifestyle and polo affair drawing socialites, fashion cognoscente, celebrities and equestrian lovers.

    The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is a blend of fashion, the exhilarating sport of polo, fine champagne as well as Cape Town’s most elegant company. Guests are guaranteed an afternoon of audacious pleasure with a perfectly-chilled flute of champagne in hand. The riveting 10-goal polo tournament will showcase the skill of the country's top international-level players.

    As a highlight on the South African social calendar for the fifth year, this day of splendor is set to take place in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley at South Africa’s first and only wine and polo estate – Val de Vie Estate, on Saturday 7 March 2014.

    Veuve Clicquot is internationally recognized for its long association with Polo and sponsors some of the world’s leading polo events such as the UK’s Gold Cup, USA’s Manhattan Polo Classic and LA Polo Classic. Drawing inspiration from polo’s global presence, the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town is now one of Cape Town’s most anticipated events and the only one of its kind on the African continent.

    Fashion aficionados can look forward to a carefully curated luxury experience as they gather on the scenic estate’s clubhouse terraces to marvel at models revealing chic summer outfits.

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    Now regarded as one of the most glamorous daytime events of the Cape Town season, guests of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo, will no doubt take full advantage of the opportunity to step out in traditional polo style and create unforgettable fashion-forward moments.

    Guests of the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are encouraged to don classic polo looks including sundresses for women and summer suits for men.

    To make transportation to and from the event as easy and safe as possible. Veuve Clicquot has teamed up with Uber to provide transportation assistance. The general access parking area is a designated Uber drop-off and pick-up location, and all new users are eligible for R200 off their first ride by using the code: VCM2015.

    This year, Shimmy Beach Club, Cape Town’s hottest venue, will host the After Party at Val de Vie from 7pm-12:00am.

    Tickets available online at Computicket www.computicket.com from 18 December 2014. For Group Bookings email vcm@vividluxury.co.za or 021 465 2312. Please visit www.vcmasterspolo.co.za for more information.

    ABOUT VEUVE CLICQUOT

    Since its creation in 1772, Veuve Clicquot played an instrumental role in establishing and evolving the champagne industry as we know it today. Located in Reims, France, Veuve Clicquot prides itself on using only the most distinct grapes reflecting Madame Clicquot’s motto “only one quality, the finest.” Now, more than 200 years later, Veuve Clicquot Champagne inspires the world to “Be Clicquot”: modern, audacious and premium quality. These values, set forth by the ground-breaking and extraordinary Madame Clicquot and maintained by generations of Clicquot drinkers, promise a remarkable experience with each sip of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. For more information, please visit www.veuve-clicquot.com.


  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015 is around the corner!

    Posted on February 26, 2015 by Maryke

    Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015 is coming up soon and we are so excited! On Saturday 7 March the estate will host this highly anticipated event, which celebrates polo, fashion and luxury living.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket . Please kindly note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • Spectacular Yearling Sale at Val de Vie

    Posted on February 26, 2015 by Admin

    Bloodstock South Africa’s inaugural Yearling Sale at Val de Vie Estate was concluded on Sunday 22 February when 100 year-old thoroughbreds were offered for sale in front of an enthusiastic audience in the Val de Vie Polo Pavilion.

    This followed an exciting 4 goal game of polo that starred no less than South Africa’s reigning Champion thoroughbred racehorse trainer, Justin Snaith, who dashed from the saddle to join the other 230 invited guests enjoying a sumptuous luncheon before the auction commenced just after 14h15.

    Arguably the most spectacular setting for a thoroughbred auction in the world, the Thoroughbred Breeders Association of South Africa is looking forward to expanding on the concept with the Val de Vie Events team – watch this space for more details! www.tba.co.za

    Peter Gibson, Director of Breed Affairs and PR

    All images by hamishNIVENPhotography. View more images on the Val de Vie Estate Facebook page.

    Read what the Sporting Post had to say about the day here.



  • Hold onto your hats! Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015 is coming up

    Posted on February 24, 2015 by Admin

    Whether it's a Panama, Fedora, fascinator, floppy hat or just a trusty sunhat, head wear is a must for any polo event. Here is collection of beautiful  inspiration for the Veuve Clicquot Garden ticket, which will be located on our sprawling grass lawns.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • Bridal beauty

    Posted on February 24, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Braids are still a hot hair trend in 2015, offering a unique way to style up-do's. Creative plaits can create a slightly boho style, or they can be soft and romantic. Whichever interpretation you opt for, this look is always beautifully feminine and chic.

    Incorporate fresh flowers or delicate accessories as a final touch.


  • Get your stomp on at Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo!

    Posted on February 20, 2015 by Admin

    Here’s something to look forward to. Divot stomping is a half-time tradition where spectators enjoy a festive few minutes on the field to stomp down the turf that has been torn up by the pony's hooves. It is also a great time to mingle with the polo players and roam between luxury cars.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please  note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • So sumptuous! The picnic menu for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015

    Posted on February 20, 2015 by Admin

    Feast your eyes on the picnic menu that will be available at Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo on 7 March 2015.

    If you enjoy the Val de Vie Market, you will love this relaxed ticket option, which includes a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Ticket holders will have the option to buy these mouthwatering items and to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    Tickets for the picnic cost R150.00 and are available at Computicket. Please kindly note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.

    The Menu

    Slider Duo
    R60
    Duo of mini chicken slider and mini beef slider

    Pulled Pork bun
    R65
    Buttery buns filled with shredded hoisin pork, coriander and cucumber pickle

    Buenas Nachos
    R60 vegetarian
    R75 with mince
    Taco chips topped with spicy tomato sauce, melted cheddar, chunky guacomole and sour cream

    Individually Plated Cheese Boards
    R90
    Individually plated artisan cheese boards with water biscuits, preserved figs, grapes and caramelised nuts

    Soft Serve Frozen Yoghurt
    R25
    Served in sugar cones

    Chocolate Drizzled Churros
    R25
    Light and crispy traditional Spanish doughnuts dusted in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with dark chocolate


  • Vera Wang gown at Val de Vie Estate

    Posted on February 19, 2015 by Admin

    On Valentines day, Tracy and Colin said their I do's at Val de Vie Estate. Tracy wowed the guests when she arrived in an exceptional Vera Wang gown. She later changed into a Kobus Dippenaar dress for the first dance. Photographer Abri Kruger gave us a sneak peek. We can't wait to see the rest of the photos of this Full Coordination wedding by Val de Vie Events and to share it with you!


  • Corporate events at Val de Vie: Designed to impress

    Posted on February 18, 2015 by Maryke

    Corporate events are no longer just parties; they are communication vehicles. A crucial part of this is having the right event design. This is the process of crafting environments and creating experiences to communicate an organisation’s business strategies.

    From business meetings and cocktail events to brainstorming and team building, your theme will set the tone. Here at Val de Vie we can design your event to have a consistent message across the board, right from the decor and menu to the entertainment and visuals.

    To find out more about corporate events at Val de Vie, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Sweet tempatations: The candy station

    Posted on February 17, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Candy stations have been a trend at weddings for quite a while, but these versatile dessert options continue to be a popular choice for brides. Who can resist such a tempting array of treats? Guests can bring out their inner-child by indulging in their favourite sweets, either during or after the reception.


  • The AfrAsia Cape Wine Auction 2015

    Posted on February 16, 2015 by Admin

    The second annual Cape Wine Auction was held this Saturday at Boschendal Estate where several prestige wine estates offered a bidding lot to be auctioned off in support of winelands based educational charities. This year a staggering R10,4 million was raised up from the R7.8m from the inaugural auction.
    Val de Vie's Lot fetched a R260 000 bid! This is what our bidder won...

    Val de Vie Lot Summary

    - A once in a lifetime Polo tutorial from South African Team Captain Tom de Bruin
    - A private box for 8 people at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters
    - A chauffeur driven Bentley
    - Three nights for four people at Singita Lobombo or Sweni Lodge. Guests will be guided by multiple award winning guide Greg Lederle and will have a private vehicle for the duration of their stay to cater to their exclusive safari experience.
    For more info on the Cape Wine Auction: http://www.thecapewineauction.com


  • Stationery with style and sass

    Posted on February 14, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Buttons, ribbons and gems and intricately cut details are all the rage in wedding stationery. Couples can generate excitement for their celebration by wowing guests with dazzling invitations and save-the-dates. Wrap stationery in shimmery cellophane, box it in decorative paper, tie it up with ribbon, leather rope or baker's twine, stud it with crystals or adorn it with dried flowers.


  • Savour Veuve Clicquot Champagne with these elegant pairings

    Posted on February 13, 2015 by Admin

    The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is taking place on 7 March 2015, and we are so excited for this super chic event!

    Veuve Clicquot Champagne wines are fond of company. Character, complexity and aromatic intensity: each of these is the perfect companion to a great many dishes. And taste is an essential element in these encounters.

    A special celebration, an impromptu party with friends, or just for the pleasure of a flute of Veuve Clicquot… these moments deserve the very best. The food is delicate and the combination is perfect… According to your mood or imagination, depending on the ingredients and the amount of time you have, there are endless combinations: from the basic to the sophisticated recipe, or for a quick snack, eaten delicately with your fingers, without fuss and at your leisure.

    For each wine, Veuve Clicquot reveals the secrets of a perfectly suited, sparkling improvisation… True art de vivre!

    VEUVE CLICQUOT ROSÉ

    Veuve Clicquot was the first champagne house to commercialise rosé champagne in 1775 and, once again, takes centre stage this year to launch its first non-vintage rosé. This fresh
    young wine is now a fully-fledged member of the champagne world after having slowly matured in our cellars as well as in the minds of our winemakers.

    Our Veuve Clicquot Rosé is the end result of a desire to create a pink champagne with a delightfully luscious, fruit-based charm. Jacques Péters, the cellarmaster, and his team wanted a champagne that would be accessible and naturally engaging while conserving Veuve Clicquot's essential values in terms of style.

    Key Ingredients

    Blini, cracker
    Duck
    Salmon
    Shrimps

    FINGER FOOD SUGGESTIONS

    Smoked Duck Breast with Banana Jamaïcan Pepper on a Cocktail Stick
    Pink Grapefruit with Fried Shrimps with Vanilla on a Cocktail Stick
    Lime Infused Crabmeat w/ Red Pepper & Coriander
    Puff Pastry with Cheese
    Dried Apricot Stuffed with Foie Gras, Flaked Almonds
    Roast Goose with Herbs and Tagliatelles
    Half Roast wild Duck with Vegetables
    Fried Salmon Fillet on Vegetables with Sesame Seeds
    Linguine with Seafood

    BRUT YELLOW LABEL

    A champagne House is eventually judged on the quality of its Brut non vintage. It is in the making of such a wine that the true Art of Champagne blending reveals itself. This is an art in which the House of Veuve Clicquot excels. Our Brut Yellow Label reflects the superb vineyards we own and the consistent nature of our House style.

    The predominance of Pinot Noir provides the structure that is so typically Clicquot, while a touch of Pinot Meunier rounds out the blend. Chardonnay adds the elegance and finesse essential in a perfectly balanced wine.

    Key Ingredients

    Tuna
    Duck
    Shrimp
    Red Fruits

    FINGER FOOD SUGGESTIONS

    Shrimp California Rolls wth Sesame Seeds
    Ahi Tuna Sashimi on Lemon Marinated Avocado w/Wasabi Aioli
    Camembert Cheese in Mini Walnut Bread
    Pastrami Tartar w/ Black Olive Tapinade
    Smoked Salmon & Herb Cream Cheese Tartlets

    RECIPE  SUGGESTIONS

    Duck with Griottes
    Salmon Tartare with Avocado and Pink Grapefruit

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please  note that no picnic baskets may be brought in.


  • Sporting Post takes a look at the upcoming Yearling Sale

    Posted on February 11, 2015 by Admin

    Sporting Post recently spoke to Ryk Neethling about Val de Vie Estate and wrote a fantastic article about our special part of the world. The article explores the superb quality of life that the estate offers its residents, and offers information on the upcoming Yearling Sale which takes place on Sunday, 22 February 2015.

    Here's just some of what they had to say:

    "While Val de Vie is known for its polo club, one gets the sense that it is an estate that happens to have a polo club, rather than a polo club that has an estate built around it. Ryk agrees. “Probably about 8% of the residents are polo players, but we’re not a polo estate any more than we are a wine or golf estate. The equestrian aspect fits in with the sense of space and country living that the estate is all about – and seeing horses out for morning exercise or polo practice is a lot nicer than golfers walking past your house all the time.” How refreshing not to hear marketing jargon from a marketing person!"

    View the full article here.


  • Gold Medal for Val de Vie

    Posted on February 10, 2015 by Admin

    Thank you Robyn Louw from Sporting post for a great article:

    Val de Vie hosts Yearling Sale

    Given that I get to spend time with some of the best people and horses in the business and get paid for the privilege, it’s safe to say that I love my job. However, some days are just a bit more special than others.

    BSA’s brand new Cape sale rolls into town on Sunday, 22 February and is being hosted at the Val de Vie Estate in Franschoek. Estate marketing director Ryk Neethling was kind enough to make time in his schedule to talk me through the new venture.

    The racing world can be a little insular, but even I know that Ryk was part of the four man team that broke the 4 x 100m relay record at the 2004 Olympics. The fact that he’s easy on the eye is hard to miss and telling my girlfriends that I was meeting him prompted a bit of good-natured teasing. Ryk has clearly been brought up with the sort of old school values that would have my grandmother nodding approvingly and saying ‘ordentlike seun’. He is as tall and physically imposing as one might expect from an Olympic gold medallist, but the handshake and welcome are attentive and genuine.

    Of course, being on first name terms with the likes of Felix Coetzee and Piere Strydom means it takes more than a gold medal to impress me! It remains an eternal mystery how our riders can be at the top of their game for decades at a time and never achieve the recognition that other sports people do. But that’s a debate for another day. While one wouldn’t necessarily put a jockey and an Olympic swimmer in the same category, the thing all professional sports people have in common is the single-minded focus to be the best at what they do. Aristotle once said ‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.’ It is a habit Ryk has clearly acquired. The only difference is that the energy is no longer directed at excellence in the swimming pool, but at the management and development of Val de Vie.

    A little history of Val de Vie

    Val de Vie estate

    Val de Vie is the brainchild of Martin Venter who wanted to develop luxury real estate. He spent two years travelling the world, researching and gathering ideas before purchasing the Franschoek property in 2004. It took a further 2 years before construction started (and it is well worth seeing ‘before’ pictures of the original site to understand the scale of what has been achieved). All of which tells you that it has been planned and executed with meticulous attention to detail – right down to the lawns, which are all Cynodon dactylon, rather than the alien kikuyu which is being phased out by Nature Conservation. Ryk got involved when he was drafted in to do some advertising for Val de Vie’s first extension. He says he fell in love with it on sight and it is not a throwaway statement. He purchased a site, built a house, developed the on-site Swim School and even created his own wine label – in short, he bought into it wholesale and has become so involved with the estate that he is now one of the shareholders. He originally hails from the Free State but says, “There are few places in the world that can compare to the natural beauty of the Western Cape. Pretty much anywhere in the Cape is amazing. Benjamin Franklin said, ‘A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.’ To me that means a home is where you go to receive love and rest and is where you are able to recharge.” It is appropriate then, that the Franschoek estate is named ‘the Valley Of Life’.

    Polo at Val de Vie

    While Val de Vie is known for its polo club, one gets the sense that it is an estate that happens to have a polo club, rather than a polo club that has an estate built around it. Ryk agrees. “Probably about 8% of the residents are polo players, but we’re not a polo estate any more than we are a wine or golf estate. The equestrian aspect fits in with the sense of space and country living that the estate is all about – and seeing horses out for morning exercise or polo practice is a lot nicer than golfers walking past your house all the time.” How refreshing not to hear marketing jargon from a marketing person!

    They cater for all equestrian disciplines and the facilities include 64 stables, 2 polo fields, a 60x60m all-weather arena, paddocks, lunge rings, trotting tracks and trails all over the estate. The restaurant is gorgeous and quite imposing at first glance, but on closer inspection the leather couches are suitably battered and the tables and chairs are just the right side of rustic to make them user-friendly and inviting.

    The safest house in Africa

    Val de Vie Polo House - the 'safest house in Africa'

    Perhaps that’s what I like most about the estate as a whole. While it is pristinely smart and well-kept, it still feels lived in, unlike some, more sterile holiday developments that are only used seasonally. Ryk explains, “After the 2008 crash, the second property market just about died. This is a primary residence development. The people who buy here, do it because they actually want to live here. There’s an indoor swimming pool, on site gym, pre-school, restaurant, function facilities and clubhouse. Mountain biking is taking off as an adventure sport and we are surrounded by four different mountain ranges, there are two kilometres of Berg River for fly-fishing as well as five lakes stocked with fish. And the recent acquisition of a portion of Pearl Valley gives us access to one of the best golf courses in South Africa. It’s just a very nice outdoor lifestyle.” And it is not just appealing to locals – in 2013 Perfect China, a 51% shareholder of Perfect Wines, purchased the Le Huguenot wine cellar as well as the attached 25 ha wine farm and historic manor house. “The most important aspect is safety. You have all the benefits of space and a country lifestyle – even a wine estate – while being totally secure.” Security is key and Val de Vie’s Polo House won the accolade of the Safest House in South Africa at the 2013 International Property Awards in Dubai.

    They are just about to start on their ‘polo pads’, a section of smaller, free-standing houses, to be designed by celebrated Cape architect Stefan Antoni, but it is the latest acquisition of neighbouring Pearl Valley’s Phase II that has got Ryk particularly enthused. The new area will be developed into a series of ‘gentleman’s estates’, ranging from between 3 and 6ha each, allowing enough space for a house and a few stables. The new ‘lifestyle farm’ concept will launch in April. But I am not here to talk property.

    Val de Vie Yearling Sale

    Ryk Neethling
    Ryk is a familiar sight on big race days such as the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the J&B Met, so he’s not a newcomer to the racing scene. He says “Through going racing I’ve developed an appreciation for horses and what they accomplish as athletes and I know a few of the trainers.” He says he has been offered a couple of horses, but hasn’t bought one yet. So why a horse sale and why here? “Like most things, it didn’t happen all at once. We’d been talking to Susan (Rowett) about it on and off for a few years, and it’s finally all come together. We’ve got a great, very professional events team and we’re used to catering for flagship events like our Veuve Cliquot Masters Polo Tournament (coming up again on 7 March). Plus we’re a farm and an equestrian facility – it seems an obvious place for a horse sale, really.”

    Of course, polo ponies are one thing, 100 yearlings quite another, but the team have been hard at work creating a sales complex. Roads have been laid, walkways levelled, viewing areas constructed and stables erected. While stables near a restaurant and residential area are generally something of a fly trap, even this aspect has been addressed. Jenny van der Hoff from the No Fly Zone is pre-treating the area, the bedding and plant beds with efficient microbes and all the material brought onto the site will be recycled. The sales ring is being constructed in the ballroom, which is a little on the cosy side, but will keep the focus on the ‘mane’ attraction – the horse, rather than the hors d’oeuvres.

    Val de Vie restaurant terrace

    While BSA don’t generally go in for big parties and lavish entertainment, there will be a 4-goal polo match on Sunday morning and the pavilion’s restaurant and generous veranda allows ample space for lunch and refreshments. There is a strong catalogue of yearlings, with the select portion to be paraded in front of the pavilion at 13:30. Bidding gets under way at 2pm.

    It seems superfluous to say that someone who has spent his life in pursuit – and achievement – of excellence, should be impressive, but I’ll say it anyway. The well-groomed exterior is simply a ‘luxury feature’ to go on top of a very serious and determined professional, who knows what it takes to succeed. They say if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Looking around the beautiful estate, you get the feeling Ryk never fails to plan. Much like his wine, marketed under the slogan ‘a clever wine with a great body’, it’s obvious that the concept looks good, but I have a feeling it’s going to deliver too.


  • Pretty pastel perfection

    Posted on February 10, 2015 by Maryke

    Bridesmaids dresses play a big role in reflecting your wedding's colour scheme. Pastel shades are  the first choice for many brides. These soft, romantic hues are not only elegant and beautiful, they also capture the mood of Spring and Summer.

    Think lilac, peach, mint, ivory, nude, champagne and pewter to name just a few. These soft and sweet shades are definitely top picks for outdoor weddings this year, so don’t be afraid to jump on board.


  • The new colour of Valentines Day: Beautiful burgundy

    Posted on February 10, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Valentines Day is around the corner, so it's time to find a romantic treat for someone special (or even for yourself!). We love deep burgundy. It's a sexy, grown-up colour that speaks of romance. No wonder that it's hot trend in 2015!


  • Brush up your polo knowledge for Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015

    Posted on February 10, 2015 by Admin

    Brush up your polo knowledge for the big match on 7 March!

    Polo is such a beautiful sport; it’s easy to enjoy the game without knowing the rules. Be the one with the knowledge at this year’s Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo by reading the following rules.

    The Teams

    On a full sized grass field, each team has four people

    The Ground

    The ground is 300 yards long, 160 yards wide if boarded.

    Duration of the Play

    The full game is 8 chukkas, but more often 4 or 6 chukkas are played.

    Each chukka is timed to last 7 mins, then a bell is rung, but the game goes on until the ball goes out of play, or for another 30 secs when the bell is rung again, the chukka ends where the ball is.

    The clock is stopped between the umpire's whistle to stop the play and the whistle to start play (eg.ball out of play, foul etc.)

    There are intervals of 3 mins between chukkas and 5 mins at half time.

    Ends are changed at every goal scored – to allow for equal ground and weather conditions.

    Handicaps

    Each player is handicapped from -2 up to 10 goals (the top professional players).

    Ponies

    Players return to the field after each chukka with a fresh pony.

    Despite the term, polo ponies are in fact horses. Their main qualities are speed, agility and stamina.

    Players admit that the pony can account for up to 80% of the game.

    Fouls

    The most important rule is the Line of the Ball. 'Crossing the line' is the most frequent foul in polo. The line of the ball, namely the imaginary line along which the ball travels, represents a right of way for the player following nearest that line.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please note that no picnic baskets or blankets may be brought in.


  • News24 chats about the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2015

    Posted on February 9, 2015 by Admin

    Check out News24 to see Ryk Neethling discuss the upcoming Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters, which will take place on 7 March 2015 at Val de Vie. Polo is experiencing increasing popularity in the Western Cape and this exciting day is guaranteed to be a memorable experience.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket . Please kindly note that no picnic baskets or blankets may be brought in.


  • Joshua's beautiful first birthday party at The Polo Club Restaurant

    Posted on February 6, 2015 by Admin

    Here some gorgeous photos of baby Joshua's first birthday party, held at Val de Vie on the terrace of The Polo Club Restaurant. Inecke Photography beautifully captured the celebration, which had a delightful nautical theme. Happy birthday, Joshua!









  • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Fashion Inspiration for the ladies

    Posted on February 6, 2015 by Admin

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters is for the champagne lovers, polo lovers and definitely the fashion lovers. We have selected three 2015 fashion trends that can serve as inspiration for your outfit at this glamorous event.

    Fringing

    These swinging tassels can be incorporated to any part of your outfit and will certainly add the extra detail to boost you into the best dressed final.

    All white

    White on white remains at the top of the trends list. New styling tricks include mixing textures, layering multiple pieces, and teaming various shades.

    Crop top

    There are many ways to style this look and when done right, the crop top can look chic and sophisticated without bearing too much.

    Get your tickets

    General access tickets, priced at R850 per person, include entrance, a glass of Veuve Clicquot, food and a thrilling day of polo. General guests will be located on the sprawling grass lawn which offers the perfect space to be a polo spectator, socialize, play exciting Veuve Clicquot games and enjoy fine champagne.

    Polo-goers also have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Both these ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

    There is also a Deluxe Hospitality package (prices available on request). The deluxe hospitality suite is carefully designed and appointed for the ultimate enjoyment of not only the world-class polo tournament but also the thrilling entertainment and activities that make up this exciting annual event. With a dedicated butler and luxurious viewing lounge overlooking the polo pitch, guests will not only be delighted by the nail biting polo finale played but also enjoy the lavish food, décor and champagne on offer (as per package offer).

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please kindly note that no picnic baskets or blankets may be brought in.


  • Add a special touch with chic corporate gifts

    Posted on February 5, 2015 by Elsje Human

    A luxury gift adds a personal touch to any corporate event. Presenting corporate gifts to your business associates or clients creates a good impression and leaves them with a memorable keepsake from the event. Small details that take a little extra effort are always appreciated and there are so many great ideas: imported cigars, a fine whiskey, elegant stationery or even an iPhone engraving station.

    If you're planning a corporate event, look no further than Val de Vie. Our beautiful estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from year-end functions, gala dinners, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties and product launches.

    To find out more about corporate events at Val de Vie, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • A wedding for all seasons

    Posted on February 3, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    One of the first things to consider when styling your wedding is the seasons. Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn each have their own appeal, and offer distinctly different moods and themes. Look to nature for decor ideas and celebrate each season for what it offers.

    Autumn

    Golden hues dominate this beautiful season and mustard is a hot colour this year. Dried flowers and wreaths are great as decor items.

    Winter

    Don't let the cold creep in and opt for a rich, warm palette. Luxurious creams and deep brown make a winning combination. We love the creative use of pine cones and dried seed pods.

    Spring

    Fresh shades of green, an abundance of flowers and a new lease on life make this the most romantic of seasons. Get creative with lush foliage and budding blooms.


  • Love is in the air

    Posted on February 2, 2015 by Maryke

    February is the month of love! At Val de Vie Events we are looking forward to Valentines Day on the 14th. It's the day that all girls (and guys) enjoy being spoilt and appreciated by their loved ones. From teddy bears and flowers to dinner reservations and sun downers, many of us will be digging into our pockets to spoil someone special.

    Want to do some heartfelt and unique? Check out these cute ideas for DIY Valentines cards or learn how to make a heart-shaped cake.


  • Get ready for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo on 7 March 2015

    Posted on February 2, 2015 by Admin

    Next month the fifth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo will be taking place at Val de Vie Estate on 7 March 2015.

    The event is a luxury lifestyle and polo affair drawing socialites, fashion cognoscente, celebrities and equestrian lovers.

    The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is a blend of fashion, the exhilarating sport of polo, fine champagne as well as Cape Town’s most elegant company. Guests are guaranteed an afternoon of pleasure, complete with a perfectly-chilled flute of champagne in hand. The riveting 10-goal polo tournament will showcase the skill of the country's top international-level players.

    In 2015, three ticket options have been made available. Polo-goers have the option to purchase Veuve Clicquot Masters picnic tickets located on the northern side of the Val de Vie clubhouse for R150.00, allowing them to indulge in a chic picnic party on the side of the polo field.

    Ticket holders will have the option to visit a Veuve Clicquot bar offering champagne and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase. A food station will also be available, giving you an option to choose what you would like to enjoy for lunch. The exact vendors will be introduced on the blog before the event.

    If you enjoy the Val de Vie Market, you will love this relaxed ticket option.

    All ticket options are available at  Computicket. Please kindly note that no picnic baskets or blankets may be brought in.


  • The Market at Val de Vie has everyone talking

    Posted on January 29, 2015 by Admin

    The Market at Val de Vie has become a popular family event, offering some of the region’s finest local produce in a spectacular country setting. Visitors can discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoy sunshine, smiles and a festive atmosphere. To top it off, live music and an exciting polo match add to the fun.

    We have been delighted to read two recent reviews of the Market. Traveller24 visited the market and had this to say about the event:

    "Market fare includes home-made, hot-water-pastry pies, the kind your grandmother used to make, delicious raw juices and warm waffles. Music fills the air as you sit back with a glass of bubbly and enjoy watching polo. "

    Read the full article on Traveller24.

    Candace Whitehead from iafrica.com also paid a visit:

    "Imagine my surprise when we reached the market to the sounds of folk music and dozens of children running along the edge of the polo field. The market – which I'd already decided was going to be ridiculously overpriced (yes, I know I'm judgemental, I'm fully aware of this flaw) in fact offered a range of wonderful, affordable products – from clothing to cookery..."

    Read the full article on iafrica.com.

    To find out more about the market, please visit our website.

    Image courtesy of Traveller24


  • Spring wedding dresses

    Posted on January 26, 2015 by Soritha van Dyk

    Whatever your style may be, spring 2015 is your time to shine at your wedding! There are so many stunning trends to look forward to: bohemian, long lace sleeves, high and dramatic necklines, crop tops, airy ball gowns, the Angelina slit, sexy backs, deep V-necks and off-the-shoulder. Draw on these inspiring looks to create your own unique style.


  • New Season designer handbags from Argentina, London and Italy

    Posted on January 26, 2015 by Admin

    If there’s anything getting us excited about this year, it's the new-season designer bag drop.

    Yes, it’s that time of year where we can't help but peruse all the new arm candy on offer, and this season is looking better than ever.

    There are some gorgeous new arrivals at the Val de Vie Polo Shop. 2015 loves colour and texture with every style from saddle bags to multifunctional GABS bags (Franco Gabbrielli), which include three shapes and styles in one bag.

    So whatever it is you’re looking for to transform your wardrobe for the new season ahead, you’re guaranteed to find it in one of our must-have styles, all available to buy right now… click here to view the range.


  • Unique pops of colours

    Posted on January 23, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events Intern, Soritha, is currently studying at the Aleit Academy and loves all things event-related. Today she takes a look at adding some pops of colour to your big day.

    "When paging through you wedding album after your big day, it might seem as if too many of the photos are in black and white, and lack a bit of liveliness. It might be time to think about straying from tradition and adding a little colour to the white wedding. Including  vibrant shades into your decor or accessories will make a fun, happy statement and add an memorable element to your wedding photos."


  • Inspiring wedding phorography

    Posted on January 22, 2015 by Admin

    We are always inspired by beautiful wedding photography, so we were blown away by these images which were selected by the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers. Every year they find the best wedding and engagement photos from around the world, so here are some  of our favourites.

    To view more winners, click here.






  • Be bold and bejeweled in 2015

    Posted on January 22, 2015 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Gorgeous jewels in all shapes and sizes are big news in 2015. Don't be shy to adorn your outfit with bold pieces that are sure to get attention. Semi-precious stones are all the rage and look sensational when paired with gold.


  • Let’s talk business: Corporate events at Val de Vie

    Posted on January 21, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events Intern, Sonique, is currently studying at the Aleit Academy and loves all things event-related. Today she takes a look at what makes a corporate event special.

    "It's so important for corporate events to be sophisticated and memorable. After all, they are a representation of your brand and what it stands for.

    The first step to a successful corporate event is to make each guest feel welcome and special. The function is a celebration of everyone's hard work and shows appreciation for the company.

    A great way to do this is choosing the right entertainment. This will help set the mood of your event and treat your guests to something interesting and enjoyable. There are so many brilliant ideas available: classical and jazz musicians, traditional African entertainment, presenters, show bands and artists, comedians, idols, novelty acts, cabaret acts, DJs and many more. Our favourite? A sensational polo match on our lush fields, with riders sporting your corporate colours.

    Food at corporate functions is also so important. Great dishes and drinks are always a delight and will be long remembered after an event. Offer your guests a tempting selection of wine, fun cocktails or even good whiskey. From light finger food to elegant four course dinners, there are a dozen ways satisfy your guests' appetites."

    To find out more about corporate events at Val de Vie, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


  • Jan and Christi's Wedding

    Posted on January 20, 2015 by Admin

    Jan and Christi's beautiful Val de Vie wedding was a real joy to behold: a perfect celebration of love with plenty of sunshine, smiles and gorgeous details.

    Bernard Bravenboer captured the day on camera and you can view more photos on his Facebook page.


  • Hope Through Action opens a development that's going to shape children's futures

    Posted on January 20, 2015 by Admin

    by BIZCOMMUNITY.COM

    Non-profit organisation Hope Through Action opened the Franschhoek Valley Community Sports Centre in Groendal on Thursday, 15 January. The opening was officiated by Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille together with the mayor of Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego, and patron Philip Green.

    Young people from the surrounding community, aged six to 18, now have the opportunity to enrol for various free sporting programmes. In this way, they are included in an uplifting environment that not only contributes to their physical development but plays a meaningful role in teaching them social, communication, health and other life skills.

    This establishment aims to mirror the success that has been achieved at Hope Through Action's first community sports centre in Mbekweni, approximately 60km from Cape Town. The Mbekweni Community Sports Centre was opened in 2010 in conjunction with the Soccer World Cup held in South Africa, and continually enriches the lives of hundreds of children. The non-profit places a particular emphasis on uplifting communities that are often overlooked and are without much aid.

    The facilities in Groendal comprise a multi-purpose indoor pitch, training and meeting rooms, a resource centre, showers and kitchen facilities. It is open seven days a week and operates according to a specific class schedule. Furthermore, like the Mbekweni facilities, it includes an early learning centre which is operated by The Kusasa Project.

    The opening of the centre in Groendal was made possible through donations raised by Philip Green. A man who wears many hats, Green is additionally the chairman for Prince Harry's charity, Sentebale. Bearing testimony to Green's generosity, he was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in November 2014 for his philanthropic and business efforts.

    "The opening of a development that is going to shape children's futures, nurture upcoming sports stars and offer hope to a community." - Neethling

    Amongst others involved with Hope Through Action, are three familiar South African faces with big names and even bigger hearts; namely, former swimming champion, Ryk Neethling, celebrity chef, Reuben Riffel and former cricket star, Gary Kirsten. These three men not only contribute as ambassadors for the organisation but also as excellent role models to the young people of South Africa.

    Comments Ryk Neethling: "It makes me incredibly proud to be a part of an initiative of this nature and to have witnessed the opening of a development that is going to shape children's futures, nurture upcoming sports stars and offer hope to a community."

    Although Neethling is now involved on a full-time basis at Val de Vie Estate as Marketing Director, he keeps the world of sport close to his heart. Neethling continues: "I count myself fortunate to be able to see the benefits of sport being imparted to these children through these centres."

    Val de Vie Estate is also closely connected with Hope Through Action as a sponsor of its work. In addition, the estate runs a hospitality internship that trains young people from the organisation. The internship programme has seen immense success in these members being hired in the industry.

    http://www.hopethroughaction.com/


  • Rebecca and Rig's gorgeous wedding in Vogue Sposa

    Posted on January 20, 2015 by Admin

    We are thrilled to see the wedding of Rebecca and Rig in Vogue Sposa, one of the most prestigious wedding magazines in the world. The couple celebrated their special day on 10 October at Val de Vie, with photos taken by photographer Jules.


  • Go crazy for colour

    Posted on January 20, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Start the new year with a burst of beautiful colours and creativity! All the shades of the rainbow combine to form a fun and playful palette that will put a smile on anyone's face.

    Candy colours, quirky treats and bold floral arrangements will add a festive element to any celebration. Go wild this year with your wedding planning: be don't be scared to play with a broad palette and experiment with unusual colour combinations. The joy of this look is its spontaneity and friendliness, so indulge your love for all that is happy and bright.


  • The prettiest pastels for Spring celebrations

    Posted on January 19, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events Intern, Sonique, is currently studying at the Aleit Academy and loves all things event-related. Today she takes a look at the hottest trends for Spring weddings.

    "The biggest Spring wedding trend in 2015 is definitely pretty pastel shades. Many brides have their eye on this palette. After all, having your wedding in Spring time allows you to use joyful bursts of colour, imparting a cheerful radiance to rehearsal dinners, casual receptions or romantic ceremonies. Spring weddings are full of flowers, but sometimes the smallest arrangements can make the biggest impact. A spring wedding is always a happy wedding!"


  • Planning perfection with Val de Vie Events

    Posted on January 15, 2015 by Admin

    Alan Lakin once said, “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” This is the essence of why planning ahead matters. Because we live in such a fast-paced world where everything is changing so quickly, many may feel that planning ahead won’t generally work.

    Our experienced events team here at Val de Vie believe that planning ahead will help us to execute our projects, reach our goals and fulfill our vision. For our corporate events we specialize in bespoke packages that are tailored to your needs. With the spectacular Polo Pavilion as the ideal venue for functions, product launches or conferences, we will ensure that every element of your event is flawlessly executed.


  • Don't miss the Market at Val de Vie on 25 January 2015

    Posted on January 15, 2015 by Admin

    Our popular market is back on 25 January 2015 with a host of lovely things to expect:

    - Polo match starting at 10:00
    - Gerald Clark performing
    - BMW car display
    - Fun inflatable kids entertainment
    - Decor and fashion shopping
    - Delicious food
    - Pongracz MCC and Val de Vie wines

    See you there!


  • Imraan & Teneal's Wedding

    Posted on January 13, 2015 by Admin

    The amazingly talented Ryan Graham has released a few stunning shots of Imraan and Teneal's Val de Vie wedding. We are blown away and can't wait to see more!










  • Light up the sky

    Posted on January 13, 2015 by Admin

    Val de Vie Events Intern Soritha takes a look at the versatility of paper lanterns:

    Romance, elegance, magic, or bright and funky fun can be created with the use of paper lanterns at a wedding. Paper lanterns are suited for both indoor and outdoor venues, depending on the type. They are also popular additions to wedding marquees.

    Before choosing paper lanterns for your wedding, you should decide on the size, shape, color, and the type of light you want.

    Paper lanterns come in a rainbow of vibrant colors to suit your own wedding colors. There is no end to the mix and matching opportunities for your reception: string them up along the beach, or hang them from a tree in a garden wedding. Add your own lights to create a gorgeous glow. With a little time and creativity, you can find the perfect paper lanterns for your special day.


  • Marsala: The magnificent colour of 2015

    Posted on January 12, 2015 by Simone de Wet

    Marsala is the rich, elegant Pantone colour of 2015. This bold  colour is beautifully full and sumptuous. As Pantone puts it:

    "Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors."

    We think it looks particularly great when paired with muted grey tones that bring out the best in this colour.

    Get more inspiration on the Pantone website.


  • Add an exceptional touch to your event

    Posted on January 8, 2015 by Admin

    Today Val de Vie Events intern Soritha takes a look at including polo in your event:

    Looking for a unique and memorable way to entertain your guests? Keep your them captivated for 45 minutes with an action-packed polo game. While they enjoy the spectacle, the newlyweds have plenty of time for wedding photos on the estate. A polo game has a true sense of tradition and adds an exciting sense of occasion to your event.

    Val de Vie Estate is the only residential estate in Africa that offers you the opportunity to enjoy a private polo game during your wedding or function. Our team will be delighted to make this noble sport part of your celebration.


  • That special moment

    Posted on December 28, 2014 by Admin


  • It's all black and white

    Posted on December 27, 2014 by Admin

    It's nearly time for a new year and people around the world are planning their resolutions and goals for 2015. Our philosophy? Keep it simple!Simpler living is the key to a content and healthy life.

    Find balance in 2015 by cutting the clutter and focusing on the things that really matter. We love this list by Zen Habits, which is all about maintaining a happy, peaceful and organised lifestyle. For once, things are in black and white.


  • Picture-perfect prints and patterns

    Posted on December 22, 2014 by Admin

    If you go into any trendy fashion or decor store, chances are you'll see the latest craze for prints and patterns. We love this trend, which offers a great way to jazz up your look with bursts of colours and shapes. Opt for traditional African-inspired designs, or go modern with geometric prints.

    Whatever you do, don't over-clutter the look. One accent piece is enough to pull off this eye-catching style.


  • Excited about 2015!

    Posted on December 20, 2014 by Admin

    2015 is just around the corner and we think that the new year is going to be amazing! Great colour and design trends on the horizon, so the Val de Vie Events team has a feeling that 2015 will be the BEST YEAR YET! Believe it!


  • Festive fun

    Posted on December 19, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Here in sunny South Africa we are used to celebrating Christmas in the summer heat, so why not have a decor scheme that matches the beautiful weather? Bright shades of pink, orange and yellow are a festive, cheerful combination. We love this happy look which will make all your guests smile and get into the Christmas spirit.


  • The creative talent of Jean-Pierre Uys

    Posted on December 18, 2014 by Admin

    We are delighted to be mentioned on the beautiful new website of Jean-Pierre Uys, a truly talented South African photographer who is now based in New York.

    Jean-Pierre has beautifully captured our Estate on camera in the past and now you too can have him as your photographer - he is back in South Africa between 25 March and 12 April 2015 and available to shoot your wedding. Visit his website for contact details.


  • Beachy bliss

    Posted on December 18, 2014 by Elsje Human

    South Africa boasts a long, beautiful coastline, so it's no wonder that many brides dream of a serene beach wedding. The ocean is home to so much natural beauty, making it easy to find inspiration. Shells, crisp shades of white and floaty fabrics are all elements we love, helping to create a relaxed, beachy style that your guests will love.


  • Seasons greetings from Val de Vie Events

    Posted on December 15, 2014 by Admin


  • Another successful year at Val de Vie Estate - Life worth Living!

    Posted on December 12, 2014 by Admin

    We’re exceptionally pleased to have again scooped two awards at the International Property Awards that were held in Dubai this year, on the 3rd and 4th of December. The Polo House, an impressive residential property overlooking the Pavilion Polo Field, was awarded the title of Safest House in Africa, and our most recently launched property development, Polo Village took the award for Best Development Marketing in the World.

    Sponsored by Rolls-Royce, the awards ceremony is a glamorous event which has seen 21 years of success and global acclaim. Furthermore paying tribute to the standard of excellence that we continuously uphold at Val de Vie, Polo Village was also nominated for Best Multiple Unit Development, as well as Best Website.

    This recognition not only highlights what has already been achieved by Val de Vie thus far, but makes us even more excited about the developments that are yet to come in the near future, including Polo Village.

    As it stands, we have also seen significant growth in terms of overall property sales, with our own record-breaking figures, at 83% more than total turnover, year-to-date. We are proud to see continued demand, as many South Africans relocate from various provinces, especially from Gauteng, to Val de Vie.

    Bearing in mind these accomplishments and positive trends, we look forward to many more accolades as we strive towards great heights in the international property arena, whilst keeping our eyes fixed on our core values.

    For further information on Polo Village, visit www.valdeviepolovillage.com


    and was tagged with Polo House

  • Ryk se huis is die veiligste in die land - Val de Vie wéér bekroon

    Posted on December 12, 2014 by janette

    Deur Elma Kloppers  Vrydag 05 Desember 2014 12:10 vm.

    Ryk Neethling voor The Polo House in Val de Vie naby Franschhoek. Dis as die veiligste huis in Suid-Afrika aangewys.

    Die veiligste huis in die land is in die bekroonde Val de Vie-polo-en-wynlandgoed in die Paarl-Franschhoek-vallei.

    Die landgoed se statige The Polo House het met die louere weggestap op vanjaar se internasionale eiendomsprysuitdeling in Dubai en staan ook die kans om die kategorie vir die veiligste huis ter wêreld in te palm.

    In 2013 is dit as die beste huis in Afrika aangewys.

    Dié huis, wat voorheen aan die swemlegende Ryk Neethling behoort het, is tans in die besit van ’n internasionale ­polospeler wat tussen agt en tien weke per jaar in die land deurbring.

    Neethling, bemarkingsdirekteur van Val de Vie en ook ’n aandeelhouer, sê die prys is goeie nuus vir eiendomsverkope, veral vir toekomstige ontwikkelings by Val de Vie.

    Hy sê sekuriteit is die grootste trekpleister vir nuwe kopers. “Hoewel Val de Vie ’n baanbreker aan die sekuriteitsfront is, gebeur alles agter die skerms en maak dit nie inbreuk op inwoners se daaglikse lewe nie.”

    Die landgoed spog met hipermoderne sekuriteit, onder meer kringtelevisiekameras, veiligheidswagte op die perseel, ’n elektriese heining, ­biometriese toegangsbeheerstelsels en 43 infrarooikameras.

    Neethling sê dié kameras is so doeltreffend dit het selfs ’n oortreder wat op die buurplaas in ’n dam geskuil het, opgespoor.

    Die Polo Huis het ’n alarmstelsel, rookalarms en noodknoppies. Daar is kragopwekkers wat die sekuriteitstelsels paraat hou tydens kragonderbrekings.


  • The Western Province Triathlon Championships 2014

    Posted on December 11, 2014 by Admin

    The Western Province Triathlon Champs took place at Val de Vie on 7 December. We were thrilled to host this event and would like congratulate all who took part.

    A special thanks to Chris Hitchcock for all the beautiful photos. View more at photosport.co.za or at Brett Nattrass Photography.

    Click here to see the results from the day.


  • Lucky numbers

    Posted on December 11, 2014 by Admin

    Today Val de Vie Events intern Soritha discusses how table numbers have become a major component of wedding decor.

    Table number cards are an essential element in a wedding reception. In addition to centrepieces, place-settings, floral arrangements and other table décor, table numbers have become décor pieces in their own right. Apart from having a practical décor function, they offer brides the opportunity to be creative. From twine and wire to chalkboards and books, there are so many charming DIY ideas for your big day.


  • Cintron Pink Polo 2014: The video

    Posted on December 9, 2014 by Admin

    The Cintron Pink Polo powered by Vodacom set the stage for the polo season in stylish affair that is only to be expected by Val de Vie Estate. Here's a video that showcases how enjoyable the event was, we can't wait for next year!


  • The new black tie

    Posted on December 9, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Let black tie take on new life with slick, modern styling. Sharp tailoring, sexy lighting and contemporary dining add a dashing new element to a formal event. Don't be scared to be edgy and innovate - it'll leave an impression and make the occasion really stand out.


  • Safest Home in Africa - The Polo House wins award at the International Property Awards in Dubai

    Posted on December 9, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate flies the flag for SA at the annual International Property Awards

    Val de Vie Estate is proud to announce that it has won the [Safest House (Polo House)/ Best Multiple Unit Development (Polo Village)/Best Marketing (Polo Village)/Best Website (Polo Village)]  award at this year’s prestigious International Property Awards in Dubai. Hosted in various locations around the globe each year, the awards are open to residential and commercial candidates and honour outstanding achievements in the property and real-estate industry. Val de Vie was also nominated for [Safest House (Polo House)/ Best Multiple Unit Development (Polo Village)/Best Marketing (Polo Village)/Best Website (Polo Village)], and has previously claimed awards in 2013 for Best Leisure Development in South Africa (Val de Vie Estate), Best Single Unit Development in South Africa (Polo House) and Best Single Unit Development in Africa (Polo House).

    Comments Val de Vie Marketing Director, Ryk Neethling: “We are extremely proud of our accomplishments thus far, and believe that Val de Vie will continue to draw folk who wish to live in a community that fosters family values, wellness and environmental integrity. We are honoured to have won again at the IPA and are excited about the future of Polo Village and the other developments at the estate.”

    The estate is ideal for families, as it is not only situated in one of the safer areas in the Cape, but it also sports several play parks, a restaurant, picnic areas, catch and release fishing zones, extensive equestrian facilities including two polo fields and an on-site preschool for little ones. There are a number of excellent schools in the area, and with the Western Cape being one of the leading provinces in terms of matric pass rates and tertiary qualifications, many South African families are migrating to the region. The province has further been ranked by the South African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) as the best governed for 2012 and 2013, and the average standard of living in the province is comparatively high.

    Val de Vie Estate, which was established in 2004 by entrepreneur Martin Venter, offers state-of-the-art security for its residents. Biometric access, electric fencing, CCTV, on-site patrols and 40 thermal IP cameras that cover the entire perimeter contribute to the overall safety of the premises.  Stringent traffic measures, such as speed bumps, traffic signs and cameras, have been installed in order to promote the safety of residents – particularly children who may be playing in the area. Lending to the leisure aspect of the estate, is a fully-equipped gym, a 25 metre heated indoor swimming pool, a tennis court and other top class amenities. Furthermore, privacy is a fundamental element of the development, so on average there are only two homes per hectare, and the estate has been designed in such a way that it can host a variety of events without compromising the privacy of residents. Polo Village consists of three categories of residence: the Polo Pad Studio Apartments (68 m²), the Ambrosia Suites (96 m²) and the Hurlingham Suites (112 m²).

    Val de Vie Estate can be contacted telephonically on +27 (0) 21 863 6101; or by email on property@valdevie.co.za. Alternatively, visit www.valdeviepolovillage.com for more information.


    and was tagged with Polo House, Val de Vie Estate, Safest House in Africa, Ryk Neethling, International Property Awards

  • AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction announces a phenomenal line-up of lots for 2015

    Posted on December 9, 2014 by Admin

    Val de Vie Estate is proud to be part of the The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, the incredible fundraising initiative that raised an astounding R7.045 million for education in the South African winelands at its inaugural 2014 event.  There will be 34 phenomenal Auction lots for the 2015 event which is taking place on Saturday 14th February at Boschendal Estate.


    2015 Auction Lots

    These once-in-a-lifetime Auction lots, generously donated by the Auction Ambassadors, include extremely rare local and international wine collections, gourmet dinners with world renowned chefs, exceptional art pieces, international travel to exotic locations, exclusive private weekend parties, luxury cruises and access to the inner sanctum of the South African wine industry. These opportunities come along only once, for one Auction, and then are not repeated.

    The 34 live Auction lots can be viewed at www.thecapewineauction.com/the-lots/. And the glossy 2015 Auction catalogue is available for download from the website, and will be available in print on 15 December for distribution by Auction Partner DHL Express.

    The 2015 Auction: Evening of Friday 13th and Afternoon of Saturday 14th February 2015

    The glamorous 2-day affair will launch on the evening of Friday 13th February 2015 with The American Express Cape Wine Auction ‘Barrel Tasting & Preview’ hosted at The Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden in Stellenbosch. For the first time ever guests will have access to this paradise and embark on a wine and food journey under the vast African sky with a backdrop of natural fynbos and magnificent sculpture.

    The grand lunch-time 2015 Auction event at Boschendal Estate, taking place on Saturday 14thFebruary 2015, promises to be another extraordinary day of generosity and glamour. An exquisite Feast, prepared by Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef, Peter Tempelhoff, and Christiaan Campbell, Executive Chef at Boschendal Estate, will be accompanied by some of the greatest hand-selected South African wines, poured only from large format bottles and served in Riedel glassware.

    Prominent wine aficionados and philanthropists from around the globe will be hosted by the Auction Ambassadors, headed up by the Auction’s Honorary Chairs for 2015, John and Erica Platter, the founders of the iconic Platter’s wine guide, flag bearer for the SA wine industry and one of the world’s leading authorities on wine. When the astonishing line-up of Auction lots come under the hammer of auctioneer, Iain Banner, guests will be invited to dig deep in their pockets to make a serious difference, to raise significant funds to benefit education in the South African winelands. All Auction proceeds will be overseen by Strauss & Co fine art auctioneers. Dan Nicholl will be Master of Ceremonies on the big day.

    Headline sponsor - AfrAsia Bank

    For the second consecutive year, AfrAsia Bank is the Auction’s headline sponsor. “By always upholding Nelson Mandela’s belief that ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’, and our own principle ‘More than just bankers, we are partners’, we aim to create, through The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, the kind of partnerships that will make a difference in the lives of so many South African children,” comments James Benoit, CEO of AfrAsia Bank.

    The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction Charity Beneficiaries

    This global showcase of South African wines is committed to changing people’s lives through the powerful tool of education. Charity beneficiaries to date include the Pebbles Project, the MAD Charity, the Click Foundation as well as 10 other charities, all of which are focused on education in the winelands from many different angles: from infant development through to technological innovation and tertiary educational endowments.

    The Cape Wine Auction Trust and PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Governed by a board of Trustees and audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers, The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction maintains complete transparency and ensures the sustainability of the projects it supports. The Cape Wine Auction Trust is made up of a board of five individuals who bring a broad spectrum of business experience to the Trust. Industry heavy-weights Michael Jordaan, Ken Kinsey-Quick, Wendy Appelbaum, Siobhan Thompson and Michael Ratcliffe are all experts in their own fields and are united by a common philanthropic goal. They guide the allocation and the channelling of funds and ensure that all funds raised by the Auction are made available in their entirety for charitable purposes, without offset or deduction. 

    Auction Partners and Ambassadors

    The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction is proud to be associated with an outstanding group of Partners and Ambassadors, committed to this noble cause, who have made their time and resources available to turn this dream into a reality.  Game changers like Sir Richard Branson,  Ryk Neethling and many more of the Auction Partners and Ambassadors are listed on the website.

    Tickets and online bidding

    Ticket allocations are by invitation only or through the designated Auction Ambassadors. With only 350 tickets available, not everyone will have the ability to attend. The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction online bidding facility, using a sophisticated system from New York and launching on 15thJanuary 2015, will be the key to The Afrasia Bank Cape Wine Auction creating a new high-water mark for a charitable fundraiser. Anyone in the world will be able to place online bids, in their own currency, in the weeks leading up to the Auction, and then via telephone on the big day.

    For more information

    Website: www.thecapewineauction.com/

    Auction Director: Jessica Henrich

    Email: jess@thecapewineauction.com

    Mobile: +27 83 469 2975

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/thecapewineauction

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/capewineauction

    Google+: www.google.com/+thecapewineauction


  • Val de Vie Events gives great advice in the Wedding Album

    Posted on December 8, 2014 by Admin

    Simone de Wet, the Managing Director of Val de Vie Events, recently gave some invaluable wedding planning advice in the Wedding Album. Be sure to get your copy and enjoy her amazing tips!


  • Framing the experience

    Posted on December 8, 2014 by Admin

    Today Events Intern Soritha chats about the versatility of frames in wedding decor:

    Forget about the old traditional function of a photo frame! Be inspired by some of our fun and exciting DIY ideas and start creating your own table numbers, menu cards and invitations out of frames. They also work well as a creative photo booth accessory.


  • Don't miss the Market at Val de Vie this Sunday

    Posted on December 5, 2014 by Admin

    Be sure to come to the final Market at Val de Vie this Sunday! Expect plenty of fun family activities, live polo, delicious foods, beautiful goodies for sale and lots of sunshine. The WP Triathlon Champs will also be taking place and adding to the excitement.


  • Get creative at Corporate Events

    Posted on December 2, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

    Corporate events are the ideal opportunity to impress your guests and clients with something original and memorable.

    A recent events at Val de Vie saw quirky hats being used as props for a photobooth, offering a lighthearted and fun angle to the occasion. Each guest also received an elegant book about polo and wine; the perfect way to remind them of an enjoyable day at the estate.


  • Dreaming of a gold Christmas

    Posted on December 1, 2014 by Simone de Wet

    Christmas is coming so it's time to adorn your home with some festive touches. All around the world people are putting up Christmas trees, filling up their advent calendars or sending cards to loved ones.

    Red and green are popular traditional colours for this season, but we're loving the trend for black and gold. It's a very sophisticated and grown-up take on Christmas decor. Gold adds a fun feeling of sparkle and celebration, while black brings in a sense of elegance.


  • The Market at Val de Vie makes news again

    Posted on November 26, 2014 by Admin

    Indwe (SA Express) Magazine recently featured the Market at Val de Vie, highlighting what a lovely occasion it is for all who attend. The market offers a delightful mix of fine foods, beautiful goods and entertainment, with gorgeous countryside scenery perfecting the atmosphere.

    Don't miss the next market which takes place on 7 December 2014.


  • The polo-inspired office

    Posted on November 25, 2014 by Admin

    Events intern Maryke Hennop takes a look at polo-inspired office decor:

    "Every business man or woman needs an elegant office space to get their work done. For those working at Val de Vie  Estate, a polo-inspired office space is the way to go. This chic style fits in perfectly with Val de Vie's ambiance. You too can incorporate the polo look into your office: dark leather, equestrian-related accessories, crisp linen and classic furniture styles combine beautifully to complete the theme."


  • It's cocktail party time!

    Posted on November 24, 2014 by Elsje Human

    A classic cocktail party is always a popular way to celebrate the end of the year. It's the perfect opportunity to socialise, mingle and relax while enjoying a drink or two.

    Serve several different types of hors d'oeuvres to treat guests to a variety of flavours. We also like to offer a mix of cocktails to add some fun - imagine a mimosa station where guests can create their own combinations.

    Val de Vie is a stunning setting for your corporate cocktail function, contact us at events@valdevie.co.za for more information about what we can do for you.


  • Classic perfection

    Posted on November 21, 2014 by Elsje Human

    The definition of classic in something which is "judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind."

    Certain styles certainly fulfill these criteria and create a timeless, classic look for your wedding. A perfectly tailored suit, real French lace, crystal glassware and crisp white always look gorgeous and classy.


  • Natural beauty

    Posted on November 20, 2014 by Elsje Human

    Sometimes the most simple things can be the most beautiful. We love this clean, natural look that celebrates the beauty in basics: a twig of rosemary becomes an embellishment, a simple olive branch becomes table decor, a plain ribbon and leaf become stunning cake decorations.

    This style is elegant, timeless and budget-friendly, what's not to adore?


  • Premier Magazine showcases the Market at Val de Vie

    Posted on November 18, 2014 by Admin

    Held on the Polo Pavilion’s terraces, the Market at Val de Vie boasts  some of the region’s finest local produce in a spectacular country setting. Premier Magazine recently featured the market in its pages, be sure to read the full overview here.

    Visitors can discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoy sunshine, smiles and a festive atmosphere.

    Irresistible food stands present a variety of delicious homemade fare, ranging from oysters, pies and gourmet delicacies to decadent sweet treats. There's no shortage of refreshment either, with seven drink stations selling wines, bubbly, local beers and fresh juices.

    Beautiful clothes, jewellery and homeware are also on sale, lovingly made by specially selected vendors from accross the winelands. Apart from the all the tempting goods on offer, there's something for everyone at the market. Patrons are entertained by an exciting game of polo while enjoying a glass of Pongracz and live music. Children are treated to a variety of fun activities with new surprises at every Market.

    If you'd like more information about the market, please email events@valdevie.co.za.

    MARKET DATES

    The Market at Val de Vie is held between 10AM and 3PM.

    • 7 December 2014 – Sunday Christmas Market with Polo
    • 25 January 2015 – Sunday Market with Polo
    • 29 March 2015 - Sunday Market with Polo

    • The Market at Val de Vie in Tuis magazine

      Posted on November 14, 2014 by Admin

      The Market at Val de Vie is taking place this Sunday. As Tuis magazine suggests, it's the perfect chance to enjoy delicious foods, beautiful wares and an exciting polo match. See you there!


    • Discover the Market at Val de Vie

      Posted on November 14, 2014 by Admin

      The Market at Val de Vie is taking place this Sunday. It's a must-attend event that offers something for the whole family. Tshepang Molisana takes a look at what it's all about:

      “There are few things that are more enjoyable in life than good wine, good food and good wine and conversation,” Peter Finlayson conspired a few weeks ago.

      Although we were seated at a table of friends convened by Janie van der Spuy on a Tuesday afternoon in Kloof Street, those sentiments are just as compelling on a Sunday afternoon in Paarl.

      On November 16, the Val de Vie Market makes its monthly return. Few things are more enjoyable than Sunday afternoons in the company of good friends, while enjoying good food and wine – and often a spot of Sunday morning Polo at the Val de Vie Market.

      It’s the comfort of knowing that the jumping castle, pony rides and face painting is only a few steps away from the rest of the family’s restful pleasure.

      Local artisans, craftspeople and wine and food enthusiasts converge on the Polo Pavilion. Whether one enjoys a PIMMS Cocktail – prepared with flair by the POLO CLUB Restaurant and Bar, or puts a of Pongracz Brut Rose NV on ice, the view is always incredibly nice.

      The Simonsberg Mountain Range provides a perfect backdrop to the polo fields. Often, the ‘Say Cheese’ artisan cheeses from the Karoo are not the only reason to smile and take a photo. The polo pavillion’s picturesque backdrop lends itself to a beautiful outdoor shopping experience. Clothing and accessories from love.try.buy and other traders are as contemporary and made with love as the heart shaped bread boards from The Vineyard Collection.

      The Market is an invitation to relax while enjoying good music as the week draws to a close. Often it’s the chilled bottles of Val de Vie Sauvignon Blanc that signal the height of a Sunday at the Val de Vie Market.

      Because it isn’t a conspiracy, it’s a delicious and undeniable fact – there are food things that are more enjoyable than good food, good wine and good conversation.


    • Chanel and Garth's wedding

      Posted on November 13, 2014 by Admin

      Chanel and Garth held their beautiful wedding at Val de Vie Estate. The day was a true celebration of love and happiness, and we just love Chanel's dress by Magda Grove. Wishing the newlyweds much joy in their lives together!

      Photography by Cheryl McEwan.


    • Val de Vie Events attends CDB Pink Polo in Dubai

      Posted on November 13, 2014 by Admin

      The Pink Polo SA team, Val de Vie Events and Edith Unlimited were invited to ADCB Pink Polo in Dubai. It was a very special experience to attend this wonderful event, which was held on 7 November 2014.

      Similar to Cintron Pink Polo, ADCB Pink Polo is an event dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer in the UAE. In the last year 5 years; ADCB Pink Polo campaign succeeded to raise the awareness about breast cancer across the UAE has gone stronger and stronger. It is organised by Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club and held under the patronage of His Highness SheikhFalah Bin Zayed Al Nahya.

      It was a real pleasure to experience the event and we hope to return again another year.


    • Rose gold romance

      Posted on November 12, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Maryke Hennop takes a look at rose gold, a hot trend for this season:

      "This year is all about the emergence of rose gold. It's not just as an accent colour, but also a great option for wedding jewelry. I’m already a huge fan of rose gold jewelry and this year more brides will be choosing this pretty and flattering shade for their wedding and engagement rings. It's something a little different."


    • Top Billing gets a polo lesson from SA's best!

      Posted on November 12, 2014 by Admin

      Who better to get a polo lesson from than SA Polo Captain, Tom de Bruin and fellow springbok player Leroux Hendriks.

      Nico Panagio visits Val de Vie Estate to take a swing at polo!

      Full Insert Here

      Tom de Bruin
      Springbok captain and polo player Tom de Bruin:

      Known on the polo circuit as "Moose," Tom started his polo career in 1994 on the family farm in Swartberg, East Griqualand. Having tasted success representing SA Schools, Tom's professional career kicked off in 2007, playing in the winning team in the SA Open with Seven Oaks. He has gone on to play professional polo in the England along with many other countries, notably being part of squad of teams including Black Bears, Zacara and El Remanso. Tom represented SA in the 2012 Coronation Cup also in the Snow Polo World Cup in China. He is a power house for South African Polo.

      Le Roux Hendriks
      Springbok polo player Leroux Hendriks:

      Leroux Hendriks started his polo career at the age of 18 at Jurassic Park Polo club in Swartberg, South-Africa. This talented 28-year-old player has a handicap of 5 and has built his career abroad, playing in England, Italy, France, Argentina, USA, Mexico, Barbados, China, India and Africa. Leroux , known as Jimmy Hendrix to many in polo, played in the young South-African team 2007,  defeating the England team in England. He has carried on to represent South-Africa on numerous occasions, and participated in the Snow Polo World cup for SA on two occasions. "Jimmy" has reached success abroad winning tournaments including the Italian snow polo gold cup, Indian Vodafone cup,  Uk Cirencester County Cup and the Uk Cowdray Holden White Cup ; to mention a few. He is a versatile player, with great skill in both attack and defence.


    • Bringing life into corporate functions

      Posted on November 12, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Events intern Soritha takes a look at jazzing up your corporate event:

      Tired of following the same old fashioned corporate event logistics? Why not incorporate some amazing entertainment aspects into your event? This is guaranteed to make it more memorable and something that your clients will be speaking about long after.

      There are so many brilliant ideas available: classical and jazz musicians, traditional African entertainment, presenters, show bands and artists, comedians, idols, novelty acts, cabaret acts, DJs and many more. Our favourite? A sensational polo match on our lush fields, with riders sporting your corporate colours.


    • Julian and Jean-Mari's wedding video

      Posted on November 10, 2014 by Admin

      Julian and Jean-Mari wedding preview, Val de Vie Paarl - 23 August 2014 from Boland Weddings on Vimeo.

      Here's the preview video of Julian and Jean-Mari's wedding that was held at Val de Vie. Filmed by Boland Weddings, it's a gorgeous portrayal of the day.


    • Suzanne and Simon's wedding

      Posted on November 10, 2014 by Admin

      Suzanne and Simon celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie in September and it was a real pleasure to host this special couple.

      Here's what Simon had to say about the stunning day in the latest issue of Grapevine magazine:

      “As the cliche goes: "it was the best day of our lives." For not one second did it fall any bit short of that. The guests came from near and far to a picturesque Val de Vie Estate in Paarl to celebrate a very special day. The guests were seated by Matt Mills, our minister, as everyone one waited in anticipation before they saw the most beautiful looking bride you can imagine. Our closest friends, our beautiful bridesmaids and handsome groomsmen accompanied us as we stood next to one another at the altar. Matt gave a moving and very real ceremony illustrating the importance of appreciation and commitment.

      As high school sweethearts we said our vows under a flawless blue sky and a gentle breeze. The deep and meaningful vows were solidified with a kiss and the King and Botha family were joined. Friends and family scattered the green lawns and there wasn't a face left grin-less or a champagne glass left empty! The night saw a jam packed dance floor with endless trays of delectable milk tart shooters and midnight snacks. It was definitely a night to remember.

      the love shared between the two of us is something which is almost impossible to sum up in words. From the very young age of 15, we have grown, lived, dreamt and loved together. It is the exceptional bond, enthusiasm for life,laughter as well as mutual value of family and friends that blessed us to join our hearts and lives. we closed the ceremony with " as i give you my hand to hold, so i give you my life to keep" and it is with these words vows that we have now stepped into our journey of married life. forever.

      Special thanks to Val de Vie Events for the seamless coordination, Nico Laubscher for the beautiful decor, Gemma Eyre for the make-up, Kobus Dippenaar for the exquisite wedding dress and to the super talented Claire Thomson for capturing all the treasured moments.”


    • Appreciation for Cintron Pink Polo 2014

      Posted on November 7, 2014 by Admin

      Here is some fantastic feedback about Cintron Pink Polo 2014, compiled by  Tshepang Molisana.

      Elton Holland (Founder and Director of the Ikon Property Group):

      If this helps to raise funds for a good cause then you can have faith that these women have our full support

      Nhlanhla Ngwenya:

      It’s always amazing when events and the media raise awareness about Breast Cancer, it’s so important to get people talking, you never know who hears these messages and whose lives are positively impacted

      Sianna Ari Wu and Craig McBek:

      Sianna’s mom is a breast cancer survivor. The reality is that the recovery process takes many years, even once your health recovers, after you lose your hair and your body changes, it takes so much to recover your self-esteem. It’s so important to be able to rely on the support of your family and your loved ones, and that we raise awareness for both men and women in all societies, in order to create better networks of support.

      Jerry Mperdempes (Ikon Property Group Commercial Property Broker):

      My mother in law had breast cancer, and she gave it horns! She had such a great attitude, it was such an inspiration. When something like this happens to you – as these things do – it’s important to be courageous and to continue to be brave.

      Oscar Foulkes:

      It’s amazing to be part of an initiative that does such good.

      Dr. Susanne Reuther (Director of the Wings Group of Companies, KitchenAid):

      My grandmother died after a long battle with breast cancer and my best friend battled breast cancer for three years and survived. Medicine has changed so much – and that’s why I’m so happy to be here and to help raise awareness. Being diagnosed with breast cancer does not necessarily always result in death, nor does it only affect older women. It’s important for all women to get checked and to take care of their health, if we raise awareness, there are so many women who can be aware of the tell-tell signs in time and live.

      Natasha Mabuto:

      I’m young, I’ve never had Breast Cancer, nor has anyone that I know had it, so it’s difficult for me to relate. But I can relate to difficulty, and we can all relate to ill-health and suffering, so it’s necessary to extend empathy and help where we can.

      Kofi Quist:

      I’m from Ghana and it’s wonderful to be here at Val de Vie supporting the strong women who fight breast cancer. Women are strong!

      Tammy Cameron:

      I have a friend who was diagnosed at 30 – Breast Cancer affects even the very young, and this is something that people should all be aware of. It’s important to take care of your breast health and get checked and not to give up, stay strong. I know quite a few people, we’re even hosting a fundraiser for a colleague at the end of the month. It affects so many people, you cannot comprehend the immensity and seriousness of the disease.

      Denzil Jacobs:

      Breast cancer has affected friends of mine. It’s so important to celebrate these women and to embrace their families, who are part of each step along these journeys, for me, this is the key word – ‘family’.

      Aubrey (@DinnerwithAubs):

      We need to remember that people have triumphed – which is difficult to do when something like this is happening to you. And this is such a personal thing, but what we need to remember is to support one another, that’s what we need – ‘support’.

      Andre Lammers:

      Val de Vie is such a beautiful location and Breast Cancer is such an important cause – I’m so glad to be here, I’ve had family who have died from cancer and I realised that the most important thing is to have the support of your loved ones. Hold onto one another and support one another, because life is such a gift.

      Lucas Adams:

      My father had cancer, all I can say is it’s challenging and all you can do is support people.

      Robert Tena Jnr.:

      It’s quite a scary experience, I can imagine, as a woman when this happens to you. But all people have experienced loss or pain in some way, we all have that in common. So we should do what we can to help and support one another.

      Joelle Kayembe:

      My sister and I participate in a Breast Cancer Awareness run in London every year, and I was sad that we couldn’t make it this year, so when I was asked to participate in the Jenni Button Fashion Show at the Cintron Pink Polo I was so grateful for the opportunity. I think it’s so important to keep the conversation going every year, to raise awareness for women’s health issues and to do what we can, whenever we can. This is a disease that affects all women and it’s beautiful that we create this network of support.

      Emmanuelle Favre-Felix (Marketing and Communications, Julius Baer Foundation):

      Breast Cancer means a lot to me – my grandmother had breast cancer. Prevention is the cure, in my eyes, I encourage all women to take care of their health and get checked, especially once you turn thirty, take care of yourself.

      Marie Chin (Sporting Horse Magazine):

      I personally get checked every year. It’s always wonderful to be at Val de Vie, but today is special because we’re raising awareness, and that’s an important thing to do.

      Julia Rixon:

      My son, Kevin, is playing in the tournament today, and we’re so proud. I’m selecting the best pony today, and we all love to be involved, it’s wonderful. I love this event (the Cintron Pink Polo) because it gives people hope. I’ve been working at St Luke’s Hospice for many years and it is obviously so difficult to be with people at the end-stage of their lives. People are so courageous and amazing and it really is so important to remember that these days Breast Cancer is not the end, there can be hope. The facilities are amazing, and I want everyone to remember to be courageous, and to have hope.


    • The Market at Val de Vie brings family fun

      Posted on November 6, 2014 by Admin


    • The perfect wedding

      Posted on November 4, 2014 by Admin

      This month Val de Vie is preparing its brides and grooms to leave with unforgettable memories. “Perfect” is the word in every brides vocabulary when it comes their wedding day, and that is exactly what Val de Vie offers: a perfect wedding.

      Each wedding is planned with passion and vision, so that each couple's special day is the beginning of their happily ever after.

      By Val de Vie Events Intern, Sonique.


    • Shapeshifter: How Ryk Neethling became a businessman (and turned down R50m along the way)

      Posted on October 31, 2014 by Admin

      Cape Talk Radio's business boffin, Bruce Whitfield, talks to our Marketing Director, Ryk Neethling about his journey from sportsman to businessman.  And that 50 million ...

      LISTEN TO THEIR CHAT ON CAPE TALK 702

      “My father’s name is also ‘Ryk’. We’re a bunch of optimists,” jokes Olympic gold medallist turned property developer Ryk Neethling.

      Ryk Neethling wasn’t always “ryk” (literally meaning “rich” in Afrikaans). “It was never my ambition to become a professional swimmer. All I ever wanted was to go to the Olympics and, when I went to my first one, I wanted to win a medal. I dreamt of swimming and studying in America.”

      All that changed in 2004. Ryk was soon to become very, very “ryk” indeed.

      Neethling’s soul not for sale

      “It was going to be my last Olympics. I quit once already and 2004 was going to be my last shot.” Then, in three minutes and 13 seconds, he smashed the world record and everything changed. There was to be no quitting for Neethling.

      “I had nothing before that,” says Neethling. “I received $250 a month from four businessmen – that was the only support I had – so I had $1000 a month. I did it purely for the love of it and for myself. I put it all on the line and did it to the best of ability.”

      His best was more than enough. Agents and sponsors burst from the woodwork, yet Neethling was not dazzled by dollar signs. In 2005 he was offered R50-million to swim for Qatar, an offer he turned down.

      “I was at my peak and the South African flag on my swimsuit and on my cap made the difference between where I used to be and where I was,” says the patriotic Neethling. “I was never going to give that up.”

      Property in Neethling’s blood

      Property has always been in Neethling’s blood. He did a realtor certificate in Arizona and nowadays he’s a director and major shareholder at Valde Vie Estate, a big polo lifestyle estate just outside of Paarl in the Western Cape.

      “It’s going really well at Val de Vie. Last year we had 130 sales and we’re pretty much sold out.”

      Neethling is also bottling his own wine under the Val de Vie label and recently did a huge export deal to China. “The wine business in South Africa is tough – there are so many big players – but it’s a very good wine and so far it’s worked for us.”

      In addition to real estate and wine Neethling also owns four swimming academies. “It’s a nice little business and it feels really good to give back. But, for me, it’s more about seeing a kid swimming a length for the first time than seeing one of my swimmers win a gold medal.”

      Neethling is Cameron van der Burgh’s commercial manager. “I get him sponsorships and I mentor him. I’ve been through it all, so I give him advice on how to act and where to go and what not to do. He makes me very nervous when he does things like face Dale Steyn at the Wanderers, but it’s mostly a pleasure to be his manager.”

      Western Cape increasingly attractive to upcountry buyers

      “You should see some of the homes that are selling here in Cape Town!” exclaims Neethling. “It’s astonishing. Our market can easily shake off rising interest rates, so we’re looking to develop quite a bit more land. Everything is working for us.

      “Here in the Western Cape we don’t have potholes and people are coming down here in droves. More than half our buyers come from Gauteng and we don’t foresee this changing.

      “It’s looking very good in the Western Cape; things work. It’s a recipe of good schools, it’s safe and in about four hours you can be in Sandton and you can do your business. I am very excited about our future.”

      Listen to the Soundcloud clip for more detail.


    • The Cintron Pink Polo Powered by Vodacom kicks off the Polo Season in Style at Val de Vie Estate

      Posted on October 30, 2014 by Admin

      Pretty pastels and a medley of pink shades were the order of the day this past Saturday, as local and international guests attended the fifth annual Cintron Pink Polo powered by Vodacom - one of the most anticipated events in the Western Cape’s social and Polo Calendar – at the famed Val de Vie Estate. Guests of this annual equestrian fundraiser for the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), fittingly during breast cancer awareness month, enjoyed a glorious afternoon of riveting polo, up to the minute fashion, and mouthwatering Cintron cocktails on the lawns of this country’s only Wine & Polo Estate.

      Funds raised by the Cintron Pink Polo, which is brought to you by Val de Vie Events and Edith Unlimited, will be used to assist women with their practical and medical needs in their fight and recovery from this disease. CANSA plans to set up mobile breast checks from 6 - 13 November in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington and encourage women to get themselves tested. They also provide free transportation for patients that need to go to the clinics and hospitals for checkups, treatments and follow up appointments. Funds will also be utilized to purchase temporary breast-prosthesis for women who had a mastectomy.

      Cancer fighter Rachelle Barioli, winner of the Cintron Pink Polo VIP experience competition in association with KFM, enjoyed a VIP experience and was hosted by the Marketing Director of Val de Vie, Ryk Neethling and event organizer Edith Venter. Rachelle and her husband were treated to a VIP experience that included a chauffeured drive with Aston Martin and a make-up session with Sisley.  Rachelle also enjoyed front row seats to the Jenni Button fashion show and was given the opportunity to open the polo game.

      Polo, considered the sport of kings, had all eyes fixed on the game played on the day. The two polo team sponsors, Cintron and Gaggenau, put on a world-class polo match forward, featuring Springbok players Tom de Bruin and Le Roux Hendriks. During the half time break in the polo match, everyone was invited to stomp the divots and enjoy the Aston Martin motor show on the field. Team Cintron walked away with the trophy with a riveting 6 -5 score

      Guest’s celebrated the start of the polo season with Cintron the event’s headline sponsor, and Vodacom, joined by Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private banking group, as the official banking partner. Gaggenau was the event’s sub sponsor for the third year running.

      With notable celebrities and VIPs in attendance such as Melinda Bam, Ayanda Tini, Amy Kleinhans-Kurd, Kia Johnson, Tracy Lange, and Natalie Becker amongst others, guests were treated to an afternoon of stylish décor, perfectly chilled Pongracz MCC, Val de Vie Wines and gourmet canapés.

      Aston Martin was the official vehicle partner at this year’s event. Showcasing their flagship luxury performance automobile, this luxury British car manufacturer stole the show with their bestial looking cars parked side by side.

      Jenni Button, the official fashion partner for the day showcased their latest ready to wear designs in the official fashion show, on the polo fields. Jenni Button is designed for an international woman who demands quality, style and sex appeal.

      Keeping everyone updated on social media, South Africa’s leading network Vodacom was there encouraging guest to upload their selfies and tweet their pictures to #Cintronpinkpolo and #VodacomCPP.

      Drawing inspiration from the fashion element of the polo Elle magazine awarded prizes to the Best Dressed at the end of the afternoon.

      Sisley and GHD kept guests of the event beautified all day long. With touch-up stations and their team of expert makeup artists and hair stylists, guests were treated to a truly prestigious beauty experience. Also featured next to the beauty stations was a Polo World pop up store full of polo gear for all the polo lovers. Guests mingled well beyond sunset in what was considered the best Pink Polo event yet.


    • Thank you for making Cintron Pink Polo 2014 a success

      Posted on October 27, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie would like to thank all who attended  Cintron Pink Polo on Saturday. The event was a spectacular success and helped to raise awareness about breast cancer, while also treating guests to polo, pampering treats and a beautiful day in the countryside.

      Here are some shots from the day, which we are so thrilled to have been a part of.





    • Willa and Bronson's Spring wedding

      Posted on October 20, 2014 by Admin

      Here's a flashback to the gorgeous Springtime wedding of Willa and Bronson. With so many fresh, beautiful flowers in bloom at Val de Vie, we really love this time of year.

      Video by FJS Productions.


    • KFM's amazing Cintron Pink Polo competition

      Posted on October 20, 2014 by Admin

      We are so happy for the winner of an amazing Cintron Pink Polo competition held by KFM! Cancer fighter Rochelle has won a day of pampering at Cintron Pink Polo next weekend and we salute her amazing attitude of positivity.

      After being collected by Aston Martin, Rochelle will have her hair and make-up done by a professional team. After that, it's time to meet Ryk Neethling, drive with the head sponsor onto the polo field where the polo match will be opened. Later she will have photos taken with the winning team and the chance to meet springbok polo players and much more.

      Congrats Rochelle and we wish you much health and happiness.

      Listen to the inteview here!


    • Cintron extends the Pink Polo sponsorship by releasing App that supports cancer awareness

      Posted on October 16, 2014 by Admin

      Cintron to donate R10 for every Pink Selfie submitted by App!

      Cintron World, an international beverage company with a line of flavored energy drinks called Cintron Premium Energy, is excited to announce it is launching a new mobile App called CintronSelfie. As a company, Cintron World prides itself on finding new and innovative ways to build its brands, reach its customers and drive its sales. Cintron World also believes in social responsibility and giving back to the communities where its products are marketed. Cintron is extending its commitment during the Pink Polo Event to support breast cancer awareness with an App that generates donations to The Cancer Association of South Africa.

      CintronSelfie will first be launched in South Africa on October 25th, where Cintron World is the headline sponsor of the prestigious polo event, “Cintron Pink Polo.” Cintron World has established a strategic relationship with the luxurious Val de Vie Estate, where the polo event is taking place. This annual event, in its 5th year, raises funds for The Cancer Association of South Africa in awareness for breast cancer. Funds raised by Cintron Pink Polo will be used to assist women throughout South Africa with their practical and medical needs in their fight and recovery from this disease.

      After downloading the CintronSelfie App via www.CintronSelfie.com, supporters can take a Pink Selfie with their favorite Cintron flavored drink, hashtag it #CintronPinkPolo and upload it to the Cintron World Facebook page. Each Cintron fan that uploads a picture enters to win the Cintron Pink Selfie Contest, and the winner will receive a spa treat at the Twelve Apostles and R5000. In addition, for each Pink Selfie uploaded, Cintron will donate R10 to the Cancer Association of South Africa. The CintronSelfie App is an innovative way to create a win-win for all: enjoy Cintron Pink Polo, take a Cintron Pink Selfie, stand a chance to win a Spa Treat, and fight breast cancer.

      Cintron World is more than just a beverage company; it’s a lifestyle. This is why Cintron is excited to be the headline sponsor of Pink Polo and launch the CintronSelfie App.

      Buy tickets!

      Celebrate by securing your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.

      CintronSelfie Ts&Cs

      No Purchase Necessary. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Standard text messaging rates may apply. For more info and official rules, visit www.cintronselfie.com



    • Spring into trend this season

      Posted on October 16, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Sonique chats about trends this Spring:

      "Spring trend is all about pairing soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colorful and happy balance.

      Say goodbye to minimalism. This spring, colour and embellishment will rule."


    • Gaggenau: Uncompromising, Extraordinary and Authentic

      Posted on October 14, 2014 by Admin

      We are proud to have Gaggenau on board as a sponsor for Cintron Pink Polo 2014. Gaggenau is second to none and rewards its customers with real superiority through extraordinary performance and uncompromising attitude.

      About Gaggenau

      Uncompromising – We develop professional-grade household appliances that exceed even the highest expectations. With our household appliances, you can be rest assured you have exactly what you need for a professional cooking experience.

      Extraordinary – Our driving force is extraordinary performance and when you address true connoisseurs as we do, extraordinary performance is crucial. Our appliances are built with considerable reserves, so there is no danger of pushing them beyond their limits. We’ve developed the skill of turning valuable ingredients into valuable moments.

      Authentic – Only by using pure, authentic materials can we embody the authentic Gaggenau style. This means upholding our manufacturing traditions, even when it comes to new innovations. It is these materials that make our exclusivity tangible and original.

      Buy tickets!

      Celebrate by securing your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Worry less, care more and have faith this October

      Posted on October 13, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Sonique chats about why October is such a special month at Val de Vie:

      “When we embrace uncertainty, it can be very liberating. If you can accept the uncertainty, it allows you to live life every day."

      Supporting and donating to breast cancer organisations will help to save a life! Breast cancer survivors are the people we should look up to. They had to fight a battle they did not choose and survived it.

      October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we encourage you to show your support by attending our highly anticipated Cintron Pink Polo event. Held on 25 October 2014,this fabulous day of fashion, polo and indulgence helps to create awareness and to support the work of CANSA.

      Be sure to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • The acclaimed couture of Jenni Button

      Posted on October 13, 2014 by Admin

      Jenni Button is synonymous for power suiting and acclaimed couture, and continues to celebrate women. Producing four Ready-to-Wear and Couture Collections a year, with 12 stores countrywide and a couture studio – Jenni Button epitomizes the essential feminine and powerful women of South Africa.

      Warrick Gautier, artistic director for 15 years, lived in Paris being exposed to legendary fashion names Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, and Karl Lagerveld at Chloe.
      Gautier’s influenced by art and architecture, this season it being impressionist painter Edgar Degas and his adoration for feminine form, movement, and application of colour palette on the canvas.

      Gautier refines femininity into a range exuding a control and decadence in the boardroom and boudoir. The range is powerful and glamorous, with high octane sexuality. Caressing laces, overt sheer fabrics, together with refined beadwork and strong tailoring creates a blend of romance and modernity.

      We can't wait to see the showcase of Jenni Button's dazzling designs at Cintron Pink Polo, which takes place on 25 October 2014.

      Buy tickets to Cintron Pink Polo

      Buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Val de Vie Estate: The ultimate venue

      Posted on October 13, 2014 by Admin


    • Welcome Maryke and Sonique

      Posted on October 13, 2014 by Admin

      The Val de Vie Events team is so excited to welcome Maryke and Sonique to the estate for a two-month internship.

      These talented ladies are studying at the Aleit Academy and we are delighted to have them on board. We can't wait to show them the wonderful world of event coordination and to be inspired by their own ideas!


    • Julius Baer: The official banking partner of Cintron Pink Polo 2014

      Posted on October 13, 2014 by Admin

      Julius Baer is the official banking partner of Cintron Pink Polo 2014, powered by Vodacom. This leading Swiss private banking group has a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients and a premium brand in global wealth management.

      Julius Baer’s total client assets amounted to CHF 372 billion at the end of June 2014, including CHF 274 billion of assets under management. Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., the renowned Swiss private bank with origins dating back to 1890, is the principal operating company of Julius Baer Group Ltd., whose shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol: BAER) and form part of the Swiss Market Index (SMI), comprising the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss stocks.

      Julius Baer is currently in the final phase of integrating Merrill Lynch’s International Wealth Management business outside the US. This will increase the Group’s presence to more than 25 countries and 50 locations. Headquartered in Zurich, we have offices in key locations including Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Lugano, Monaco, Montevideo, Moscow, Singapore and Tokyo.

      For more information visit their website at www.juliusbaer.com

      Buy tickets to Cintron Pink Polo

      Buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Corporate events: Let’s talk business

      Posted on October 11, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Maryke looks at hot ideas for corporate events:

      Do you have all the right elements for your corporate event? Gift bags? Drinks? Amazing entertainment?

      Gift bags can be a funky element to your corporate event. There are so many great options: personalised insulated wine carriers, business card holders, personalised carbon fiber pens and much more!

      Drinks can range from wine and good whiskey to classic cocktails. Whatever you do, focus on quality.

      When it comes to entertainment, classical music is always a safe choice, as well as jazz or traditional African music. The music should add to the atmosphere but no overpower it.


    • Be inspired this October

      Posted on October 10, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Maryke chats about why October is such a special month at Val de Vie:

      “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”

      October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we're passionate about helping those who have been affected by this disease. Our highly anticipated Cintron Pink Polo event, which is held on 25 October 2014, will help to create awareness and to support the work of CANSA.

      Be sure to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • What's on trend this Spring

      Posted on October 9, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Maryke brings us up to speed with the latest trends for Spring:

      Spring is here and vibrant flower designs are taking over fashion and decor this month. Pastels and a medley of pink shades are seen almost everywhere. Anything from pink macaroons to rosy-hued accessories will dominate this spring.

      #SPRINGTREND2014


    • Cintron Pink Polo is all about polo chic

      Posted on October 9, 2014 by Admin

      Here's some stunning style inspiration from last year's Pink Polo event. The dress code for the upcoming Cintron Pink Polo event is Polo Chic, which is a celebration of the elegant fashion and sense of style that accompanies the sport.

      Whether you prefer a chic, laid back look or tailored suits and gorgeous gowns, this is fun day out for everyone, all in the name of a good cause.

      We can't wait to see what you will wear, so don't forget to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Sisley adds more beauty to Cintron Pink Polo

      Posted on October 8, 2014 by Admin

      We are delighted to have Sisley as our beauty sponsor for the upcoming Cintron Pink Polo event on 25 October 2014. Sisley offers cutting-edge products in skin care, makeup and perfume, using  aromatherapy and phytotherapy in its production techniques.

      Phytocosmetology involves using natural plant extracts in beauty products. Sisley creates the highest quality products by selecting only the best plant species in each category, carefully determining the most effective part of each plant for the desired treatment, choosing the country or region that produces the best quality plant and harvesting when its active ingredients will be most effective.

      The Sisley laboratories use a methodical and rigorous process, which may last several years, to research the best dosages and synergies offering the most global solution to a given concern and hence develop effective, highly comprehensive formulas. Only at the end of this long process and once its effectiveness has been proven, will a product be marketed.

      Black Rose Cream Mask

      An instant youth and beauty boost combining three actions to restore a luminous complexion and skin that appears redensified, in only 15 minutes.

      Black Rose Precious Face Oil

      A silky-smooth dry oil that prepares and nourishes with anti-ageing benefits. A precious and beneficial skin care treatment, to help restore comfort, suppleness, vitality and renewed vibrancy to dry or dehydrated skin.

      Buy tickets now!

      Experience the quality of Sisley products at Cintron Pink Polo and buy tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.

      Find out more about Sisley on their website.


    • Wedding Celebration

      Posted on October 8, 2014 by Admin

      Events intern Maryke has some fab wedding tips for us today, inspired by the beautiful season of Spring:

      "Its time for spring! What's new in the wedding spring season? With so many flowers in season during the spring months, your options are nearly endless when it comes to your bridal bouquet. Bold, warm tones are particularly popular this season.

      A garden is a perfect location for a springtime wedding — flowers are blooming all around you, the grass has never looked greener, and the slight breeze in the air will keep your guests cool. Want to add some visual interest? Many couples bring indoor elements out, such as by hanging gorgeous chandeliers."


    • Cintron: The luxury energy drink of choice

      Posted on October 8, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate is thrilled to have Cintron on board as our headline sponsor for Cintron Pink Polo. This sophisticated premium energy drink and luxury lifestyle brand is all about style, sophistication and living the good life.

      Cintron values luxury, class and good taste. High-class polo events are the perfect place for all the prestigous guests to enjoy a high-goal tournament, drink Cintron, and experience the Cintron lifestyle. Cintron sponsors Polo Tournaments all around the world.

      Unlike other energy drinks, Cintron was crafted from natural flavors, real fruit, all natural ingredients, and enough energy to get you through your busy days and even busier nights. In short, Cintron doesn’t just fit your lifestyle, it defines it.

      Buy tickets to Cintron Pink Polo

      Buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.

      Follow Cintron on social media:

      Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Pinterest


    • Val de Vie Events is in My Wedding Day magazine!

      Posted on October 7, 2014 by Admin

      We are so excited that Val de Vie Events is featured in the latest issue of My Wedding Day magazine! The magazine takes a look at Tanya and Kasper's wedding which was held at La Residence in Franschhoek and coordinated by Val de Vie Events Full Coordination in October 2013.

      We would like to wish a very happy one year anniversary to this special couple, and we wish them much love and happiness in their future together. Be sure to buy your issue of My Wedding Day to read the full article.



    • Get your heels ready for divot stomping at Cintron Pink Polo!

      Posted on October 7, 2014 by Admin

      Did you know the polo field at Val de Vie Estate is 274 meters (300 yards) long and 146 meters (160 yards) wide if boarded?

      Get your heels ready for divot stomping at #CintronPinkPolo on 25 October 2014!

      Buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets now: Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Simone and Nick's wedding video

      Posted on October 7, 2014 by Admin

      Mr & Mrs Rixon from Someday Films on Vimeo.

      Simone and Nick held their wedding at Val de Vie on 8 March 2014. Val de Vie Full Coordination was delighted to have planned this special day, which has been beautifully captured on video by Someday Films.

      The beautiful outdoor ceremony took place in the French Quad, which boasts magnificent views of the polo fields and surrounding mountains.

      An intimate reception followed in the Polo Club Restaurant. Crisp, elegant decor set the tone, and after a sumptuous dinner guests were keen to join the newlyweds on the dance floor.


    • Ooh lala, it's Cocktail Caviar!

      Posted on October 6, 2014 by Admin

      Now here's something both delicious and gorgeous to look at! Stunning cocktails will be served at Cintron Pink Polo containing cocktail caviar.

      Conceptualised Thirst bar Services and Pongracz, this exciting concept is based on molecular mixology and will be served at Cintron Pink Polo. A mixture is solidified into a jelly state, capturing the flavours in a small caviar like ball.

      Once the caviar is placed into the drink, it slowly capture the bubbles which allows it to rise to the surface, offering you a small burst of flavour with every sip,  without overpowering the taste of the drink being consumed. Delectable flavours such as hot plum, almond and cassi.

      Be sure to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Aston Martin adds a new level of luxury to Cintron Pink Polo

      Posted on October 6, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Events and Edith Unlimited are delighted to have Aston Martin on board as a sponsor for Cintron Pink Polo.

      The new Aston Matin V8 Vantage N430 is a dazzling masterpiece of engineering. Here's what Aston Martin has to say about this exciting new vehicle:

      "Inspired by our rich racing pedigree, N430 is the most dramatic expression of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage ever created. We took the beauty, dynamics and athleticism of our iconic sports car and produced a unique and compelling special edition across five unique exterior specifications.

      Building on the legacy of the acclaimed N400 and N420 special editions, V8 Vantage N430 delivers excitement and intense performance with a thrilling club sport ethos."

      New models in the pipeline are the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster and Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition.

      Aston Martin has two dealerships in South Africa: one in Cape Town at the V&A Waterfront, and in Sandton, Johannesburg.

      Visit the Aston Martin website for more information, or follow them on social media:

      Twitter: @astonmartinsa
      Facebook: Aston Martin South Africa
      Instagram: astonmartinsa


    • ghd joins in the fight against Cancer

      Posted on October 3, 2014 by Admin

      It‘s that time of the year again where ghd joins in the fight against Cancer, the 2014 limited edition V Coral styler from the Bird of Paradise collection can make any hair seem like it’s about to hit the catwalk.

      “ghd is proud to be supporting CANSA for the 8th year with contributions from their third edition from the birds of paradise collection. R1 683 400 has been raised by ghd for CANSA in South Africa through sales of the coveted pink ghd stylers,” says ghd marketing and education manager, Landi Le Roux.

      ghd will be at Cintron Pink Polo this year and we are thrilled to have this amazing brand as part of the event.


    • Expect decadent delights at Cintron Pink Polo

      Posted on October 3, 2014 by Admin

      The menu planning of the Cintron Pink Polo high tea is in progress and we are so excited about all the deliciously decadent ideas we have for the event!

      Don't miss out - be sure to buy your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • Julian & Jean-Mari's Wedding

      Posted on October 2, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Julian & Jean-Mari were blessed with perfect weather on their wedding, which was held on 23 August 2014.

      They said their “I do’s” in front of 175 guests. After this special moment, they started the celebrations with an amazing ambiance set by a lively band, as well as scrumptious canapes and beverages from the Polo Club Restaurant.

      The Ballroom provided an elegant setting for the speeches and dancing, which continued late into the night. This chic venue was a feast of gold for the eyes, with the talented El le Fleur creating the beautiful décor.

      A huge thank you to Celeste from Aglow Photography who captured their day perfectly.

      Julian and Jean-Mari : you are two amazing individuals but even better together! We wish you only the best for your lives together!





    • Great Weather for the Market at Val de Vie!

      Posted on October 2, 2014 by janette

      Look forward to some great weather this weekend!

      Spend your Sunday morning with us at the Market and enjoy live music by Newton & Co. while the kids have some fun on the Jumping Castle, in Petting Zoo and decorate cookies.
      5 OCTOBER 2014

      10am to 3pm
      Remember Entrance is FREE!


    • Keep on trend with ELLE Magazine

      Posted on October 1, 2014 by Admin

      For the latest in fashion and what's happening,  get the October issue of ELLE Magazine. With our own Charlize Theron on the cover, this issue is packed with trend inspiration and design savvy. Catch ELLE at Cintron Pink Polo too - they are the proud print partners for this must-attend event.


    • Happy October! It's nearly time for Cintron Pink Polo

      Posted on October 1, 2014 by Admin

      Happy 1st of October! This month is very close to our hearts  not only because it marks the  beginning of the polo season, but also because it's  breast cancer awareness month.

      Celebrate by securing your #CintronPinkPolo powered by Vodacom tickets. Visit our website for more information, or check out the event's Facebook page.


    • The Polo life

      Posted on September 30, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      The fashion world has long been inspired by polo and the elegance of equestrian sports. In our opinion, there are some accessories and items which should be an essential part of everyone's wardrobe and lifestyle.  Firstly, we could never do without a chic pair of leather riding boots, which look amazing when paired with skinny jeans.

      For travelling, a classic duffel bag is a must. Spacious, practical yet stylish, you'll use it again and again.

      Lastly, a statement leather couch or chair should feature in any lounge or study. Whether curling up with a good book or enjoying a glass of wine, a comfy chair will become your favourite place to relax after a busy day.


    • Nadia and Wayde's Wedding

      Posted on September 30, 2014 by Admin

      Nadia and Wayde's beautiful wedding was held in February at Val de Vie. As these photos by Jean-Pierre Photography show, the day was filled with love, smiles, a riveting polo match and a gorgeous reception. We wish this lovely couple a wonderful future together!
















    • Be bold, be bright

      Posted on September 29, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Can't decide on a colour combination for your wedding event? Why not just have a happy medley of several bright shades! This is a strong, vibrant look, perfect for a Summer wedding. We love the festive, cheerful effect; this is a true celebration of colour in all its beauty.


    • Add some sunshine to your day

      Posted on September 27, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

      Maybe it's all the bright flowers, butterflies and blue skies, or perhaps it's the warm weather that makes everyone smile, but Spring has got us all colour crazy. Bright pinks, yellows and blues make a happy palette which celebrates this gorgeous time of year. Go on - add a burst of colour to your wardrobe or decor scheme and feel the bliss of beautiful Springtime.


    • Angela and Dino's Wedding

      Posted on September 26, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Angela and Dino's Wedding was held at Val de Vie and we are just enthralled by their gorgeous wedding photos. The day was all about love, romance and celebrating the bond between this special couple.

      Photography by Yvette Gilbert.


























    • Gentle beauty

      Posted on September 26, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      "Let there be nothing within thee that is not very beautiful and very gentle, and there will be nothing without thee that is not beautiful and softened by the spell of thy presence."
      James Allen

      A soft, gentle palette can be wonderfully dreamy and romantic. Mauve, slate, pale green and soft silver weave together to form a soothing and blissful harmony of colours.


    • Refined and elegant: Polo-inspired fashion

      Posted on September 25, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Polo has to be the most elegant of sports. The refined, sophisticated nature of the game has inspired many designers in their conception of masculine clothing. Impeccably tailored, shirts and suits, navy, crisp white and only the finest cotton form part of the look, completed by rich leather and classic accessories such as tie clips and cufflinks.


    • Love is in the air

      Posted on September 25, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

      Happy Monday! Spring is here and it's the season of romance, love and new beginnings. Call us hopeless romantics, but we can't get enough of this beautiful time of year.


    • Be on trend in turquoise

      Posted on September 24, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Turquoise is a trendy colour that continues to make waves in wedding decor. Lively, fresh, playful and dreamy are just a few words that describe this fabulous shade.

      Because it has both warm and cool undertones, turquoise can work with just about every other colour, particularly pinks, reds, gold and chocolate brown.

      If you love turquoise but don't want to overwhelm your decor scheme, opt for turquoise accents that pop out. Banting, floral arrangements and bold centre pieces can work together to create a layered effect.


    • Cintron Pink Polo isn't just 'horsing around'

      Posted on September 23, 2014 by janette

      By Tshepang Molisana

      Manhattan has the Veuve Clicuot Manhattan Polo Classic.

      Durban plays host to The July.

      Windsor Great Park is home to the Royal Ascot.
      Dubai plays host to the Julius Baer Beach Polo Tournament.
      This October, Paarl will play host to the Cintron Pink Polo at Val de Vie.
      Equestrian events run tantivy globally. Perhaps it’s because, as Alice Walker wrote: “horses make landscapes look beautiful”. Perhaps it’s because equestrian sports speak a language of their own. Maybe it’s the beauty of participating in a spectator sport that combines both human and equine agility, speed and strength.  Or, maybe it’s because horses provide more than just a great workout. Charlotte Casiraghi, Grace Kelly’s granddaughter, recently told Vogue that, for her, staying in shape is an added bonus, but she rides horses out of love.
      Outdoor Polo, in particular, provides several challenges to both horses and their riders.  The potential injuries – to both horse and rider – are as painful as they are varied. It has been called ‘The Sport of Kings’ and it’s not just because landing underneath a spooked horse can be a royal pain. Two teams of four players each use a mallet to hit a ball between goal posts while mounted on horseback.  It’s like trying to hit a hockey ball, while trying to maintain your balance on a galloping horse – but trickier.
      The twist – for both rider and spectator, is the horse’s unpredictable beauty. Polo ponies’ temperaments are almost as crucial as their speed and manoeuvrability.  It’s like trying to convince your girlfriend to join the boys for drinks – she’s either the life of the party, or the reason your team will struggle through the night.  Each polo game consists of four to eight 7 minute long chukkas. Players switch between ponies either during chukkas, in the four minute long breaks between or during the ten-minute long halftime. At the end of each chukka, play continues for an additional 30 seconds or until a stoppage in play, whichever comes first. Play is continuous and stoppage only comes into play for penalties, broken tack or injury to horse or player.
      While spectators at exhibition matches are usually a delight to look at – their shoes usually prove to be more than simply decorative. Spectators are often invited to stomp divots after a game. Divots are the little patches of grass that stick up after the thunderous rush of hooves and mallets has kicked up more than just a little dust.  Exhibition matches are fun, festive and full of flair. The horses prance in their introductory parade and the fashion is almost as entertaining as the sport itself.

      On October 25, the Cintron Pink Polo powered by Vodacom, coordinated/owned by Val de Vie Events and Edith Unlimited will be pink and white themed.  October is Breast Cancer awareness month, and proceeds raised will go towards CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa).  Guests are encouraged to wear pink or white, and will garner inspiration from Jenni Button.

      Polo involves more than simply ‘horsing around’; it is, after all, the Sport of Kings.

      Hurry tantivy to www.computicket.com for tickets to #CintronPinkPolo.

      Date: 25 October 2014

      Time: 14h00 – 19h00

      Ticket sales: Computicket – limited amount – R500 per person


    • Pink and gold never gets old!

      Posted on September 23, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      What's not to love about pink and gold? This gorgeous combination has been a popular choice for weddings and it's no surprise why. Romantic, feminine and modern, the look combines the whimsical fun of pink with the sassy allure of gold. Incorporate sparkly accents, shimmery finishes and ornate detailing to create a real wow factor.


    • What you need to know about Cintron Pink Polo 2014

      Posted on September 23, 2014 by Admin


    • Your invitation to Cintron Pink Polo!

      Posted on September 23, 2014 by Admin


    • Classic and cool in navy blue

      Posted on September 22, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      How can we not love navy? This cool, timeless colour is effortlessly cool and elegant, expecially when paired with crisp white.


    • Primêre kopers slaan nou kitaar in huismark

      Posted on September 16, 2014 by Admin

      Deur
      Elma Kloppers

      Dit lyk of spekulatiewe huiskopers grootliks uit die eiendomsmark geklim het, sê Ryk Neethling, bemarkingsdirekteur van die bekroonde polo-en-wynlandgoed Val de Vie in die Paarl-Franschhoek-vallei.

      Verreweg die meeste van die verkope op Val de Vie die afgelope jaar was aan kopers wat op die landgoed wil woon, sê Neethling, wat ook daar ’n aandeelhouer is. Ook byna al die verkope, waar die pryse van die erwe van R3,2 miljoen tot R3,5 miljoen gewissel het, was kontant-transaksies. “Altesame 95% van ons kopers koop vir primêre doeleindes, terwyl sowat 5% deur buitelanders gekoop word,” sê hy.

      Tussen Januarie en Augustus vanjaar is huise met ’n totale waarde van sowat R125,4 miljoen en erwe met ’n totale waarde van sowat R88,4 miljoen oorgedra. Dit is 18,36% hoër as in die ooreenstemmende tydperk verlede jaar.

      Val de Vie het 320 voltooide huise, en ’n verdere 85 is in aanbou.

      “Dit is asof mense begin agterkom watter versteekte juweel die Paarl-Franschhoek-vallei is en dat die pryse vergeleke met Stellenbosch relatief bekostigbaar is.”

      Neethling sê in die verlede was die grootste persentasie kopers van Gauteng, maar deesdae lok die landgoed ook kopers van KwaZulu-Natal.

      John Loos, verbruikers-en-eiendom-strateeg van First National Bank (FNB), sê die huismark is op die oomblik allesbehalwe ’n spekulante-paradys en dié tipe huiskopers kan vergeet om vinnig geld te maak.

      ’n Spekulant koop gewoonlik op kort termyn ’n eiendom, wat hy dan verkoop ter wille van kapitaalgroei.

      Hy sê ’n spekulante-paradys
      is wanneer huisprysgroei baie hoër is as die prima koers, soos in die bloeitydperk in eiendomme ervaar is. Die prima is tans 9,25%, en FNB se huisprysindeks het in Augustus groei van 5,4% op ’n jaargrondslag behaal.

      Hy vermoed dat daar in 2004 heelparty spekulatiewe aankope in die koop-om-te-verhuur-mark was toe dié kopers 25% van die totale huisaankope uitgemaak het.

      Volgens Seeff Eiendomme is meer as 90% van sy kopers primêre huiskopers. Loretta Diab, Seeff se bestuurder vir Somerset-Wes, sê daar is ’n sterk vraag na eiendom met pryse van sowat R4 miljoen in veiligheidslandgoedere. “In die afgelope 12 maande was daar 155 aankope van huise bo R3 miljoen, maar in die afgelope drie maande alleen was daar 50 aankope.”

      Gewilde landgoedere is die wynlandgoed Bel’ Aire, Olywenhof, Summerwood en Knightsbridge Gardens.


    • Val de Vie Estate Launches its new POLO VILLAGE

      Posted on September 12, 2014 by Admin

      Val De Vie’s new Stefan Antoni designed POLO VILLAGE sold out 50% of the available apartments within two hours, during the pre-sales launch on Saturday past at the Val De Vie Ballroom. The available ‘Polo Pads’ were sold out within minutes of opening the sales process.
      Celebrity MC Nico Panagio hosted the event, with guest speakers Stefan Antoni
 and Ryk Neethling. The pre-launch took place in association with Ferrari, and the prancing horse’s new front-engined V12 monster, the FF, and the 458 Italia Spider were on display and available for test drives, as was the Ferrari California
30 (the best-selling model
in Ferrari’s illustrious history). The latter is also the vehicle which will go to one lucky buyer at the POLO VILLAGE.


      "The quick take-up of the ‘Polo Pads’ showed us that there is a strong demand for those who want an ultra- luxurious, ultra-large, fully serviced apartment at Val De Vie”, according to Marketing Director Ryk Neethling.


      “I think the affluent market now looks for an ultra-safe, spectacularly designed, fully serviced investment with concierge services, where you can basically come and enjoy an amazing time in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, watch a game
 of Polo, play a game of golf at Pearl Valley, enjoy the many wine estates and delectable cuisine, and then simply hand over your keys and head back to the real world. The whole ‘less is more’ trend is now sweeping the globe amongst the affluent market. People tend to scale down and travel lighter. This is what we had in mind when we commissioned Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects to design the POLO VILLAGE. Although the design is understated, it affords just about the best that money can buy – from modern SMEG appliances to oak hardwood flooring.”
      Only Val De Vie homeowners and buyers who pre- registered and paid their deposits, were allowed to attend the pre-launch. Subsequent to the pre- launch, the POLO VILLAGE sales will now be open to the market as a whole.
      Overall sales statistics for Val De Vie Estate show an increase of 201.82% in the total sales value of homes transferred in 2014, compared to the same period a year ago. Sales of erven at the Estate showed an 18.21% increase in turnover, whilst prices per square metre of erven rose by a whopping 21.75% and the rate per square metre of homes sold by almost 10% during the same period.
      For sales enquiries, visit   www.valdeviepolovillage.com or contact Liz Smithers - 083 775 6350

      Property Investment

      *   Land prices have increased 21% over the last 12 months and total sales on the estate increased 83% from 2013.
      *   The Polo Village and the hotel will be the only properties that will be able to do long term rentals on Val de Vie.
      *   Val de Vie is surrounded by World Heritage Sites and high potential agricultural land which makes it impossible to develop. This is the last opportunity for a security estate in this beautiful Valley.


      Events

      *   Val de Vie Events host and coordinate over 35 weddings each year and is one of the most sought after venues in the country.
      *   Our "signature" Polo Events including the Cintron Pink Polo and Veuve Clicquot Masters have grown into must attend events on the South African sporting and social calendar.
      *   The new L'Huguenot Wine Cellar has just been renovated and can seat up to 600 people conference style. Unique in the winelands.


      The new planned bridge across the Berg River to connect with the R45 will make the trip over Helshoogte Pass to the centre of Stellenbosch less than 18km. The bridge should be completed by Dec 2016 and will open Val de Vie to the lucrative and very popular Stellenbosch market.


      For more info please contact:

      Marketing Director and Property Developer
      Ryk Neethling
      Ryk.Neethling@valdevie.co.za
      021 863 6100



    • Flower power! The best blooms for Spring and Summer

      Posted on September 11, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Spring Time Flowers in Bloom

      What better time to choose a wedding than in the bloom of spring? If you are looking for the right flower to accompany your pre-summer affair during the months of September, October and November; these are you options: Tulips, Jasmine, Iris, Lavender, Delphinium, Gladiolus, Alstroemeria, Agapanthus, Arum, Lisianthus, Anthurium and lace.

      Summer Time Flowers in Bloom

      If you are sharing your vows in the midst of the summer heat you can make your day even hotter with these beautiful options for the months of December, January and February: Delphinium, Frangipani, Alstoemeria, Lavender, Agapanthus, Gladiolus, Liatris, Arum, Lisianthes and Anthurium.

      Source: The Little Pink book

      Below is a guide to South Africa’s popular wedding blooms and when they’re in season.

      Spring Blooms

      All White: tulip, hyacinth, daisy, daffodil, camellia, azaea, sweet pea, rhododendron, jasmine, flannel flower, magnolia, liliac, lily-of-the-valley.

      Yellow & White: daffodil, azalea, daisy, iris, tulip, primrose, buttercup, jasmine, rhododendron, mimosa.

      Orange & White: tulip, daffodil, lily, azalea, marigold

      Mauve & White: sweet pea, rhododendron, lavender, azalea, lilac, magnolia, tulip, hyacinth.

      Blue & White: cornflower, forget-me-not, bluebell, hyacinth.

      Pink & White: hyacinth, delphinium, azalea, gladiolus, waterlily, jasmine, cornflower, rhododendron, English daisy, sweet pea, iris.

      Summer Blooms

      All White: iris, daisy, sweet pea, delphinium, cornflower, lilac, lily-of-the-valley, freesias

      Yellow & White: azalea, daisy, gladiolus, iris, lily, hibiscus, marigold, frangipani, freesias

      Orange & White: iris, daffodil, marigold, alstroemeria, freesias

      Mauve & White: lavender, sweet pea, azalea, delphinium, freesias

      Blue & White: delphinium, cornflower, freesias

      Pink & White: hyacinth, delphinium, azalea, gladiolus jasmine, iris, tiger lily, cornflower, sweet pea, alstroemeria, camellia.

      Source: The Bride’s Diary


    • Wedding tip of the day: Let your hair down!

      Posted on September 10, 2014 by Iza Slabbert


    • Wedding tip of the day: The little things count

      Posted on September 10, 2014 by Iza Slabbert


    • Celebrate Spring at the Val de Vie Market!

      Posted on September 9, 2014 by janette

      Mark these dates on your calendar - we look forward to seeing you at the Val de Vie Market!


    • Property Investments getting more & more popular …

      Posted on September 9, 2014 by Admin

      By Tshepang Molisana

      For the thrill of it...

      Recently, Richard Branson announced that he is “thrilled” to have entered into a sales agreement for Mont Rochelle, a luxury wine estate in Franschhoek.

      What could be more ‘thrilling’ than a Niche Investment in Africa, and in particular, in the Cape - in a year that has seen some of the most interesting and noteworthy Real Estate market events in recent years?

      ‘Niche’ or ‘alternative’ investments, are non-traditional investments like Hedge Funds, Managed Futures, Real Estate, Commodities and Derivatives Contracts. These investments do not include stocks, bonds or cash – this might be because of the volatile nature of stocks, or because wealth managers see the need to diversify their clients’ portfolios. In the interests of diversification, large institutional funds generally make allocate small portions of their portfolios to alternative investments like hedge or Real Estate funds.

      While sophisticated decisions are made globally by large funds, the characterful tastes of individuals and small-scale investors suggest that classic cars, stamps, wine, coins, gold and other niche investments are particularly interesting investments for individuals and elite investors. However, trends indicate that investors are still particularly “thrilled” by Real Estate.

      A Morgan Stanley report has indicated that U.S Millionaires have indicated that Real Estate is the top alternative asset class to own in 2014.

      Why is Real Estate still an investment ‘thrill’? Why would an investor like Sir. Branson add another property to an already enviable global portfolio? Perhaps for the same reasons that Oracle Co-Founder, Larry Ellison continues to “buy more homes than he could possibly live in.”

      Is there a sweet reward for making this calculated risk? Is it the thrill of putting your feet up on a different couch at the end of every day?

      For some investors, the return on investment is the marriage of passion and the luxury of seeing a seed that you have planted grow - in a home that is thrilling to put your feet up in. Ellison openly admits that he makes these illiquid investments because he is passionate about preserving art in these properties. His calculated risks often stem from both passion and a desire to see something grow.

      Bloomberg reported that a Chilean Pension fund has also increased its investment in Real Estate through BigSur Partners, a Miami-based wealth-management firm. According to BigSur’s Chief Executive Officer Ignacio Pakciarz, “owning the real estate is attractive because of the expected appreciation of property value and stream of rental income, as well as better control and supervision over the investments.”

      So perhaps the thrill of making an alternative investment is as simple as planting a seed and watching it grow into a healthy tree that not only provides shade, but also bears delicious fruits over its lifespan.

      Rojie Kisten, from Old Mutual’s Alternative Investments team alleges that, “Alternative investments are a popular asset class for their consistent above-benchmark returns, as well as for the role they play in facilitating sustainable economic growth and job creation across the African continent.”

      Over the last two years, noteworthy Real Estate sales in the Franschhoek region have indicated that the region is as ripe as a harvest season grape.

      For many investors, it’s the convenience of being near to Paarl and Stellenbosch for business interests.  the relatively short commute to Cape Town and the airport and the thrill of putting your feet up while you watch the sun dip over rolling vineyards.

      And for all of that, a Stefan Antoni designed Polo Pad at Val de Vie Estate seems to be just the, um, thrill.

      Take a look at the POLO VILLAGE


    • Wedding tip of the day: Live in the moment

      Posted on September 8, 2014 by Iza Slabbert


    • A sneak peak of Julian and Jean-Mari's wedding

      Posted on September 3, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Here's a sneak peak of Julian and Jean-Mari's wedding, which was held on 23 August 2014. Watch out for more pictures on the blog (beautifully taken by Aglow Photography) soon!


    • Drink it, Live it with Cintron

      Posted on September 3, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate is thrilled to have Cintron on board as our headline sponsor for Cintron Pink Polo. This sophisticated premium energy drink and luxury lifestyle brand is all about style, sophistication and living the good life.

      Cintron values luxury, class and good taste. High-class polo events are the perfect place for all the prestigous guests to enjoy a high-goal tournament, drink Cintron, and experience the Cintron lifestyle. Cintron sponsors Polo Tournaments all around the world.

      Unlike other energy drinks, Cintron was crafted from natural flavors, real fruit, all natural ingredients, and enough energy to get you through your busy days and even busier nights. In short, Cintron doesn’t just fit your lifestyle, it defines it.

      Follow Cintron on social media:

      Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Pinterest


    • Precious peonies

      Posted on September 3, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      When looking at Peonies, one cannot help but melt. This gorgeous flowers not only shout out love, femininity and romance, but they smell amazing too. No wonder this is the most sought after flower in the wedding industry!

      Peonies originate from Asia and can easily be found in Southern Europe and western North America. Peonies are only available in South Africa for two to three weeks at most, from the last week of October until mid-November. Therefore you should consider yourself a very lucky bride if you have them as part of your special day!

      They are very scarcely available commercially, and most often need to be sourced. But luckily for us, there are a few people who cultivate these wondrous flowers locally. Peonies are mostly available in white and shades of pink, but can also be found in yellow in other countries.

      The flower has compound, deeply lobed leaves. They create much excitement and awe as they start out in a ball shape and, with time, unfold into the large, fluffy flowers we have all come to love.

      Source: www.celebration.co.za


    • Happy Spring!

      Posted on September 1, 2014 by Admin

      Happy Spring from Val de Vie Events! The green leaves, fresh flowers and warm sunshine have made us so excited about the season ahead. With so much beauty to celebrate, expect lots of ideas and inspiration to come.

      Image courtesy of Sandy Toes and Popsicles


    • Bubbly Sundays ...

      Posted on August 28, 2014 by Admin

      By Tshepang Molisana

      I love Sunday mornings.

      I love Sunday brunch and Sunday morning tea. I love families seated around long tables, and the chime of church bells. I love the subtle rise of bubbles in glasses and the pleasure that comes with pairing these bubbles with finesse.

      At the Val de Vie Market all three of Pongrácz’ Cap Classiques bring effervescent light to already splendid Sunday mornings.

      The Val de Vie Market is hosted on the Polo Pavilion between 10am and 3pm. The gorgeous Simonsberg Mountains and the Val de Vie Polo fields play both host and picturesque frame to The Market. With a host of lovingly made treats -  from spectacular honey-coloured liqueur served in shot glasses to spicy nachos served with fresh locally-grown produce - on sale, the Market caters to a variety of tastes in a relaxed setting.

      On our first tentative Sunday morning Market visit, we marvelled at the sweet ease of children petting lambs in the make-shift petting zoo. The amalgamation of a nearby Polo match with the majestic ponies catering nearby was almost unbearably wonderful.

      We had to take a seat at The Pongrácz and Chocolate pairing on the Polo Pavilion, just to put our hearts at ease from the wonder of it all.

      The Pongrácz and Chocolate pairing at the Val de Vie Market offers guests an opportunity to purvey three spectacular MCC’s, paired with handmade chocolates at various intervals throughout the day. At a cost of R50 per flight, each sip and bite is almost better than the last. The luxury of the Pongrácz pairing is the way vivacious Pongrácz Rose is paired with Rose Geranium Milk Chocolate, a decadently fragrant introduction to the Pongrácz stable. The crisp Pongrácz Brut is superbly matched with velvety Roasted Almond and Lime white chocolate and the show-stopping Desiderus 2008 and Hot Plum white chocolate are an lavish invitation to return for more.

      The pairing of Cap Classiques and sweet treats is not unique to the Val de Vie Polo Market. At London’s Red Carnation Milestone Hotel – a member of ‘The Tea Guild’, champagne is a special accompaniment to afternoon tea. In Durban, The Oyster Box Hotel will offer guests the opportunity to pair Pongrácz with their Pink Tea this October. The spectacular 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, ensconced between Hout Bay and Camps Bay will reintroduce their popular ‘Pink Tea’ in October after the tea made waves during Women’s Month. In partnership with Pongrácz, Carrol Boyes, and CANSA, guests will be offered tea at a cost of R175 per head, with the opportunity to donate R10 each to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA).

      While the pairing Cap Classiques might not be unique, it always brings a certain ‘rise’ to any occasion, particularly on a Sunday morning where lovingly made treats and laughter are abound.

      After a brief winter break, the Market is set to make a rousing return to Val de Vie in early September. I raise a glass to its scintillating Sunday morning return.

      MARKET DATES

      - 7 September 2014 – Ballroom Winter Market

      - 5 October 2014 – First Summer Sunday Market with Polo

      - 9 November 2014 – Sunday Market with Polo

      - 30 November 2014 – Sunday Market with Polo

      - 7 December 2014 – Sunday Christmas Market with Polo

      - 25 January 2015 – Sunday Market with Polo

      - 22 February 2015 – Sunday Market with Polo

      If you'd like more information, please email events@valdevie.co.za


    • Property Market Insights

      Posted on August 26, 2014 by Admin

      Liz Smithers, On-site Property Agent

      Getting the most out of the positivity in the current property market ...

      Prospective buyers and sellers are currently reading in the media about the increased activity in the property market and the Cape Winelands property segment is no exception to this phenomenon.

      It is essential for buyers and sellers to react responsibly to this trend in a way ensuring that both entities, either as sellers accurately pitching selling prices or as buyers not over capitalizing on their property investment.

      This set of circumstances requires thorough analysis by both parties taking much into consideration.

      Lets evaluate these circumstances:

      • We are at present in an early stage of an up turn in the property market. In my opinion, the media are inclined to make more of a hype of an already booming market, which is further prompted by the less informed.
      • In the case of sellers and based on media hype there is a tendency to over inflate the prices of their properties.
      • This could lead to unnecessary medium to long-term frustration and delay of what should have been a successful and early transaction.
      • An unsold property on the market for a long period of time is now potentially at risk of meeting the danger of over exposure and the true value of the property may not be realized.

      Sellers planning to sell – should first take a view on the current property market by obtaining a professional guideline so as to derive at a more honest and realistic asking price, prior to placing their property on the market.

      The professional advice through a qualified property agent will include recent comparative property sales analysis related to their area, which will justify to a seller that a comparative market valuation is also “no thumb suck” opinion.

      Ensuring an accurate market related price is key to the successful transaction on your property to both seller and the purchaser’s future investment.

      On-site Property Sales Open 7 Days a Week at the Sports and Leisure Centre, Val de Vie Estate.
      liz.smithers@valdevie.co.za    |    083 775 6350



    • Hospitality Internship at Val de Vie Events

      Posted on August 26, 2014 by janette

      New Beginnings...

      We welcome with great excitement the next group of 10 Hospitality Interns from Mbekweni to Val de Vie Estate.

      They are a passionate and vibrant group of young people with great skills amongst them and a desire to be strong leaders.

      They wish to succeed with whatever opportunity they are given to thus go back into their community and “BE THE CHANGE”!

      This is a dynamic group, keep your eyes on our social media to see how they develop into the stars they have been created to be.


    • Planning your Dream Wedding ...

      Posted on August 22, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      ... and making lasting Memories

      Val de Vie has coordinated hundreds of weddings, so I’m delighted to share some valuable tips with you over the next month. Planning your wedding can be daunting, but it should also be the most exciting day of your life.

      Your wedding should celebrate your love, favourite things and who you are. The more authentic your wedding is, the more memorable and special it will be.

      First Step ...

      The most important step is establishing your wedding budget. The South African wedding industry has grown tremendously in the last 10 years, offering anything from world-class cake makers to dazzling dress designers. A clear budget will guide you and make it easier when consulting with industry experts.

      Step Two ...

      Plan your guest list early too. Each guest carries a cost and knowing the numbers makes budgeting more accurate.

      Step three ...

      Your venue is a significant aspect of your wedding day as it shapes the style and atmosphere of your wedding.

      Step four ...

      Once the date is set and the venue is booked, the next step is sending out a save the date. This gives your guests basic information about the day and helps them to plan any travel or accommodation requirements.

      An electronic save the date is inexpensive and conveniently sent via email. We suggest adding an RSVP date, because knowing your guest list from an early stage allows you to allocate your budget more effectively.

      Get Excited!

      Watch out for more valuable venue-related wedding tips next week, happy planning!


    • Natural simplicity

      Posted on August 21, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Nature makes beauty look so effortless. Fresh green leaves, soft, delicate petals and neutral tones are you need for a serene, elegant style.

      Keep things simple and let the natural elements be the focus: a garland of flowers, chairs entwined with floral vines or a simple leaves as an adornment. With Spring on the way, this is a look we love!


    • Val de Vie Estate Residents enjoy Golf at Pearl Valley

      Posted on August 18, 2014 by Admin

      Golf enthusiasts living on Val de Vie Estate have the opportunity of playing on one of the best golf courses of South Africa - famed Pearl Valley Golf Estate is right next door!


    • Residential Property Market trends sparks interest in the Winelands

      Posted on August 13, 2014 by janette

      A look at Cross-Brand and Cross-Industry integration - how Ferrari tapped into the Property Market and found a stable at Val de Vie Estate.

      By Tshepang Molisana

      When asked to describe his favourite Ferrari, Enzo Ferrari responded, “the one that hasn’t been built yet.”

      The Ferrari California is a car that has ‘one heart and two souls’; a coupe or a spider.  In Enzo Ferrari’s lifetime, the ‘scuderia’ vision ensured that Ferrari’s powerful racing engines were at the heart of vehicles that were a dream to drive. In 2007, Ferrari shared a vision for a new age. The company planned to reduce its carbon emmissions by 40%, and it is the California’s sexy, yet ‘classica’ 299g/km smoothness that has enabled Ferrari to reach this golden number.

      Residential Property Market trends have indicated that global homeowners have sought a home for their ‘second soul’ in South Africa’s luxury home market.

      The FNB Residential Property review suggests that South Africa’s year on year house price growth is relatively steady. Macro-market analysis suggests that these trends are aligned with global trends. Market analyst, Bill McBride, argues that the multi-family housing market will lead the residential housing market as the global economy improves and the market returns to its former buoyance and buyers invest in new homes.

      If home is truly where the heart is, then Val de Vie’s Estate’s Polo Village, is truly ‘belissima’. Exclusively designed by Stefan Antoni , the Polo Village consists of 60 luxury boutique ‘Polo’ Pads and Residences, as well as fully serviced Office Suites. The Polo Village offers potential residents a range of elegant residences to select from: a 68m2 ‘Polo Pad’; a 96m2 two-bedroom ‘Ambrosia’ suite; or the 112m2 two-bedroom ‘Hurlingham Suite’. Each residence is complemented by a private balcony, ensconced by the Drakenstein and Simonsberg Mountains and rolling vineyards.

      One very lucky Polo Village resident will receive the opportunity to drive their very own Ferrari California 30 Convertible into the elite community. The Valley of Life provides the perfect seat to live and play like a king, and through this partnership with Ferrari, Val de Vie Estate has provided the fortuitous happenstance for one of its lucky residents to drive a dream.

      The sweetness of driving an Italian Stallion into a home that is adjacent to the Restaurant, Polo Pavillion and Polo Fields is only made sweeter by the sheer driving pleasure that the California king provides.  The Polo Pads that Stefan Antoni Omesdal Truen architects have designed are rich with the comfort of privacy, security and exclusive luxury.

      These homes, like the cars that Enzo Ferrari envisioned are custom built around each resident’s lifestyle. The Val de Vie Polo Village promises to provide a life that is customised to its residents’ every need. In the lush Paarl-Franschoek Valley, rich with history and ripe with breath-taking views, a gourmand’s paradise awaits. Beyond the magnificence of each resident’s SMEG appliances and statement-setting finishes is the convenience of residing less than an hour from the bustling Cape Town CBD.

      Residents of the Polo Village will have the benefit of a concierge and access to The Valley of Life’s award-winning facilities while luxuriating in ‘la dolce far niente’. Foreign Real Estate investment in South Africa from Africa and the rest of the International Market has been steadily rising as buyers have sought second homes for both work and play.

      Lisa Bathurst, MD at Hurst and Willis has suggested that lifestyle estates, and in particular Val de Vie have been attracting some serious international interest. In Andrew Amoils’ report, according to Bathurst, it isn’t only the Estate’s International Property Awards that have been peaking interest; Val de Vie is also “the first South African Wine Estate that the Chinese market has gotten involved with too.” Val de Vie provides more than a home for its residents; it is The Valley of Life itself.

      When asked to describe the ideal Winelands retreat for either your first or second soul, I’m almost certain that you’ll assert: “one that’s been designed with me in mind.”

      Please join Val de Vie on September 6 at the launch event for The POLO VILLAGE. One (very) lucky POLO PAD purchaser will drive away in a Ferrari 30 Convertible. Wild horses couldn’t keep me away…

      More info HERE : www.valdeviepolovillage.com


    • Diarise these dates for the Market at Val de Vie!

      Posted on August 11, 2014 by Admin


    • Carel and Liezl’s wedding

      Posted on August 8, 2014 by Admin

      Carel & Liezl’s held their beautiful wedding at Val de Vie on the 3rd of May 2014. Here's what they had to say about this very special day, as well as gorgeous photos by Aglow Photography.

      Waarom sal mens nou langer wag om verloof te raak binne ses maande van 'n amazing, liefdevolle en ondersteunende verhouding?

      "So Here we are, We found the day, Like we always prayed." Die feit dat die spesifieke dag kon plaasvind was net 'n wonderwerk van die heel begin.

      Die wag vir die kar om my en my pa op te getel het na die kansel was seker die langste in my lewe. My pa besluit toe om met sy jongste dogter, ek, oor politiek te gesels om bietjie die aandag van die senuwee af te vat. Dit het nou wel nie regtig gehelp nie, maar die feit dat my pa so kreatief begin raak het voor die groot oomblik was vir my so oulik en spesiaal.

      Van die begin af het ons besluit dat die aand nie gaan verby vlieg , soos almal altyd se nie, en het ek en Carel n oomblik gevat om al die seeninge en geluk van die aand en ons nuwe toekoms saam opreg te waardeer.

      Die wonderlikste weer is vir ons gegee die 3de Mei, wat gemaak het om trane moeilik weg te steek!!

      Wat 'n voorreg was dit om met so wonderlike groep mense te werk . Vanaf die dag wat ons die engagement shoot gedoen het tot die oomblik wat die deure van Val de Vie agter ons gesluit het, het ons die beste diens, omgee en ondersteuning ontvang.

      Die feit dat albei liefdevolle oumas tot die heel einde die aand saam ons gedeel het is net vir ons 'n bewys dat die aand regtig 'n droom en groot sukses was.

      Diensverskaffers:

      Blomme & Dekor ~ N Concepts and Designs

      Liezl se Trou Rok ~ Mariette Joubert | DJ ~ Wicus

      Spyseniering ~ The Polo Club Restaurant

      Grimering en Hare ~ Yolande du Toit

      Second Shooter ~ Tertius Gous





    • Angela and Dino's Wedding

      Posted on August 7, 2014 by Admin


      Vision on Fire
      has beautifully captured Angela and Dino's wedding which took place on 22 February 2014. It was a very special day which included a Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony. It was a delight to host this couple's big day and we wish them much love and happiness in their future.


    • Every bottle of wine has a story to tell ...

      Posted on August 7, 2014 by wines

      “A good wine should be an ambassador,” Eben Sadie told me on a hail-scorched winter morning.

      I travelled to the Swartland on a rainy Friday morning at the invitation of Justin and Lisa Fullstone. The Fullstones are South African wine enthusiasts and have left no stone unturned, no wine untasted in their pursuit of ‘the perfect wine’.

      I leaned in a little closer, as Mr Sadie, ‘The Dominee’ of wine preached his ruby-colored gospel. He declared that: “the perfect wine should be an ambassador for first of all, its country; secondly – it’s region; and finally for its family.”

      The Perfect Wines of South Africa and Val de Vie are exceptional ambassadors.

      Hein Koegelenberg, the Chairman of Perfect Wines South Africa described the partnership between Perfect China, Perfect Wines South Africa, and Val de Vie Estate as an opportunity to build relationships. In an interview with CNN, it seemed that the robust growth of luxury goods in the Chinese market had created a ripe market for South African wines, particularly those of L’Huguenot Wine Estate.

      The greatest barrier to entry was higher than The Great Wall of China. Many of the Chinese consumers that the new Joint Venture faced are similar to the Fullstones – a young South African couple. They have access to a breadth of excellent and exclusive luxury brands, and have already been exposed to brilliant wines from France to Franschhoek. It is imperative therefore, that the wines from the Val de Vie Cellar are not only delicious libations of distinction, but are also excellent ambassadors of their region and country because of their unique history and flavour profile.

      The Valley of Life has a novel heritage. Gabriel Le Roux and the French Hugenots settled in the Franschhoek Valley, in and around the Val de Vie Estate area in 1688.

      Val de Vie, was therefore not only in the perfect position geographically, but was also well-placed historically to be at the heart of a story that is as round and as full as a Shiraz grape.

      “China used to buy wine through perception, and that perception was all image,” The Chairman told CNN. The Chinese Market is expected to become one of the largest in the world by 2016, and the Chairman’s focus is on those new consumers.

      The perfect ambassador - the perfect wine needs to change consumers’ preconceptions by establishing a culture of excellence. The Chairman told Die Burger that he believes that people associate with energy. And if consumers from Shanghai to Soweto to the Swartland resonate with this energy, they are inevitably attracted to both the viticulture, and the diverse culture that it represents.

      In her 2009 TED Talk, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie fortified Hein Koegelenberg’s sentiments. She ended her TEDTalk with this thought: “Stories matter. Stories can be used to empower and to humanise. When we reject the sinlge story, when we realise that there is never a single story about any place – we regain a kind of paradise.”

      And what could be a better story, a better ambassador than the perfect bottle of paradise?

      By Tshepang Molisana


    • Boho wedding bliss

      Posted on August 7, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      The boho look can be beautifully romantic and carefree.  Layers of colours, texture and  free-spirited prettiness create a gorgeous free-spirited look that has captured our hearts.


    • We love geometric prints

      Posted on August 6, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Bright, bold prints are super fashionable at the moment. This attention-grabbing look focuses on geometric styles, with grids, triangles, concentric circles and more.


    • Time’s running out for prospective buyers to register to buy at Val De Vie’s new Stefan Antoni designed POLO VILLAGE:

      Posted on July 31, 2014 by Admin

      The developers of Val De Vie Estate moved the sales event for the new Stefan Antoni designed POLO VILLAGE to 6 September 2014. This followed after a Woman’s Day function, which was pre-booked at the Val De Vie Clubhouse, could not be accommodated on the same day as the sales event.

      At the same time the developers announced an exclusive co-operation agreement with Ferrari South Africa. The two brands will work together more closely over the next few years and a brand new Ferrari California 30 will  replace the Bentley as the grand prize for one lucky buyer at the new POLO VILLAGE. The Ferrari California is already a very sought-after model in the proud stable of Ferrari, and the California 30 is a special model offering a weight saving of 30 kg over the standard model, an increase in power to 490hp, a top speed exceeding 300km/h and a 0-100km/h time of 3.8 seconds – placing it firmly in supercar territory. The California is also the most popular model in the history of Ferrari with over 10 000 models sold globally to date.
      With only 60 residences, the POLO VILLAGE will be developed immediately adjacent to the magnificent Val De Vie Clubhouse.
      Buyers will have a choice of luxurious, fully serviced 68 m2 ‘Polo Pads’, 96 m2, two-bedroom ‘Ambrosia Suites’ and lavish 112 m2 two-bedroom en-suite ‘Hurlingham Suites’. The architects are multiple international award winners, Stefan Antoni Ommesdal Truen from Cape Town. Each ‘Polo Pad’ will have up to two parking bays (to be sold separately), as well as the benefit of private concierge services. Prices will range from R1.5 million upwards. Office Suites are also available for those choosing to conduct business from the Estate.
      With a pricetag of around R25 000 per m2, the POLO VILLAGE represents an excellent investment, as Stefan Antoni designed apartments on the Atlantic Seaboard change hands for around R100 000 per m2.
      Val De Vie is already the location of choice, not only for international polo championships and matches, but also international artists like UB40 and Claire Johnston, who hosted a concert at the Estate earlier this year.
      The developers of Val De Vie Estate have recently acquired more undeveloped land adjacent to the Estate. They are also making 200 non-resident Pearl Valley golf memberships available at the nearby 18-hole Championship Jack Nicklaus golf course, voted one of the 10 best courses in Southern Africa. The POLO VILLAGE is the first of their new development plans.
      Wine estates, championship golf, polo and thoroughbred horses, 24-hour private concierge services, world-famous restaurants, beautiful people and the world’s most desirable sports car up for grabs? Sounds like ‘La Dolce Vita’ in its purest form!
      The POLO VILLAGE will launch on
      6 September 2014 at Val De Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek area. Prospective buyers will have to register to buy at the sales event. For more information, SMS ‘BUY’ to 49970 or contact Liz Smithers on 083 775 6350.

    • Five Golden Rules of Residential Investment

      Posted on July 31, 2014 by Admin

      An Interesting Read by Century Property Developments

      While shares and other market instruments may hog the headlines in the finance pages, the finite supply of good residential property and the opportunity to make a profit using a lender's money opens up the opportunity for substantial wealth creation.

      But only if you stick to five important rules:

      - Buck the market trend: buy when sentiment is down.
      - Don't overstretch yourself.
      - Buy in a recession-proof area.
      - Acquire a second property when the rental income of the first is covering 100% of the costs.
      - Lastly, aim to pay off the bond on each property within 10 years.

      Location is most important. Picking a location that will lead to good price growth is easier said than done, but you can get someone to do the research for you. Beware that the market is fragmented - don't go with a small developer in a one-off project. You want reputation and a track record. A good developer has done all the homework to do with location and infrastructure.

      Do your research on the future of the road network in your target area. Buy in a place with easy access and avoid congestion. Suburbs with poor access usually see low rises in value.

      Also, don't buy in a highly competitive market segment. Don't buy property where someone can come to market with a similar offering right next to you. You want to be sure that there's a limited supply of the kind of development you're buying into. Find a niche market, like secure complexes. They will be more attractive in the long term. Security can mean a property climbs in value.

      Once you've decided the development or area is suitable, find a property that offers the greatest chance for price growth and be sensible with how you dress it up. Look at surrounding prices and don't overcapitalise - you want a small house with a good address. This will help you gain when you come to sell. Always consider resale value: don't make yours the most expensive house in the area.

      You can waste money by installing extravagant finishings. No matter how much you may like the idea of a tin roof, for example, you will eliminate potential buyers by putting one on because the perception of maintenance costs is important. You must know your public. Another example is having paint all the way down the walls to where they meet the garden - there is a perception that the long-term operating costs will be higher. Insulation, efficient design, using gas instead of electricity - there are many ways to make the running costs lower and raise the home's value in the eyes of potential buyers.

      Waterfall Equestrian Estate
      Waterfall Equestrian Estate

      Banks tend to know their onions - if they're not prepared to lend you what you'd like for a property, or if they don't see it as a stable investment, there's a good chance it isn't. You can reduce risk even further by opting to buy in a new development. If you buy newly developed properties, maintenance will be low for the first 10 years anyway.

      Once you've bought the property, find a tenant - one you've screened properly - and stick with that property.

      Be prepared for bumps along the way. Ensure you have enough money in reserve to cover three months' bond payments on any property you buy. Be disciplined about keeping that money aside.

      www.century.co.za


    • Touareg Tents has got it covered

      Posted on July 30, 2014 by Admin

      When it comes to sourcing tents for events and functions, Val de Vie always relies on Touareg Tents for their impeccable service and unrivaled product offering.

      Touareg Tents are the only suppliers of the Saddle Tents in Southern Africa. Striking in appearance and incredibly versatile, the saddle tents can be used for big outdoor events, bar covers and stage covers.

      Touareg Tents also offer Bedouin tents, canopies and stage covers. We love how their tents create an instant venue - imagine a crisp white Bedouin tent on our lush green polo fields. What a setting!

      To find out more about their services, either visit their website or email info@touaregtents.co.za.


    • The dream team: Pink and green

      Posted on July 24, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Pink and green might seem like an unlikely pair, but these two colours look magical together. Perfect for a spring or summertime wedding, the colours create a feeling playfulness, freshness and vitality in your decor. Opt for a gentle palette of soft greens, blush pink coupled with splashes of gold.


    • Val de Vie gets into the spirit of Mandela Day

      Posted on July 23, 2014 by Admin

      This Mandela Day Val de Vie Estate worked with Hope Through Action and SCORE (from the Mbekweni Community Sports Centre) to make a difference in Mbekweni.

      Inspiring quotes by Madiba were painted on banners which were displayed on the streets, while the team worked hard to clear up any litter. After that, we went to the police station and to two clinics, Phola Park and Mbekweni Clinic, where about 500 people were given 125 litres of delicious soup and bread.

      The managements of the clinics and the police station were also given flowers to thank them for the wonderful work that they do for the community.

      About the Mbekweni Community Sports Centre

      The Mbekweni Community Sports Centre's  long term aim is to build capacity in communities so that there is the ability, competence and team to both manage the centres and run the programmes with minimal external input.

      The centres they build are designed to be as sustainable as possible, within the environmental context, with innovation such as translucent panelling to allow light entry, thermally powered extract fans and so on.


    • Black and white and... pink!

      Posted on July 22, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Black and white is easily one of the most classic and elegant decor themes. Spice it up by adding a splash of pink (we like dusty pink or soft rose) and you'll get a completely different look. The pop of colour adds a sense of modern fun and softens the starkness of black and white.


    • Shardae and Richard's wedding

      Posted on July 18, 2014 by Admin

      FJS Productions have beautifully captured Shardae and Richard's stunning wedding, which Val de Vie Events had the pleasure of coordinating. The ceremony overlooked our beautiful green polo fields, followed by an exciting polo match and a dazzling reception.

      The following service providers helped to bring this magical day together:

      Videographer: FJS
      Coordination: Val de Vie
      Photographer: Ryan Graham
      Décor: Nico Laubscher
      DJ: Sound Print
      Minister: Dave Basson
      Stationary: Secret Diary Designs
      Wedding Cake: Wades Cakes
      Make up & Hair: Helga Strydom


    • Yellow gets all grown-up

      Posted on July 17, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Yellow is often thought of as the brightest, loudest colour. However, it can also be deep and sophisticated. Dark yellow, mustard and honey are luxurious shades that add a chic accent of colour without being overbearing.

      Add some glitz by pairing these colours with shimmering metallics, gold and even shades of charcoal.


    • Lovely in lace

      Posted on July 16, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Lace is a major trend this year and we love its delicate, feminine appeal. Lace is ladylike and romantic; the perfect addition to any bridal outfit.


    • The decadence of chocolate

      Posted on July 15, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      When it comes to indulgence, there is nothing quite like chocolate. From truffles and gelato to macaroons and mousse, there are so many ways to enjoy the decadent appeal of this sweet sensation. Serve chocolate themed mini desserts to your guests, or include luxury chocolates in their wedding favours.


    • The luxury of vintage gold

      Posted on July 15, 2014 by Elsje Human

      We love the beauty of old, vintage gold. The rich, deep yellow tones are gorgeously luxurious and eye-catching, adding a sense of warm and vintage appeal.


    • Burger and Heleen's wedding

      Posted on July 14, 2014 by Admin

      Griekwa rugby player Burger Schoeman made his vows to his beautiful bride Heleen on  23 May at Val de Vie, only a week after ending his Curry Cup season on a high, winning the man of the match award.

      Beautiful Autumn weather shone down on the special day, as the newlyweds celebrated their love for each other with family and friends from all over the country.

      We just adore the timeless style Heleen, who opted for a vintage veil, soft sheer fabric and colours for the bridesmaid's dresses. Raw oak tables with pastel runners were paired with natural elements for the décor & flowers.

      The talented Kyle Krige captured their day perfectly.


    • Dreaming of dusty pink

      Posted on July 9, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Pink is a very feminine and romantic colour, but too much of it can look kitsch and overbearing. Dusty pink is a classy, grown-up shade of pink that is more subtle and gentle.

      It would be beautifully suited to a summer wedding, or even a romantic winter celebration. Add lace, wooden textures, some sparkle and it'll look sublime!


    • Berry bliss

      Posted on July 8, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Just because fresh berries are a bit harder to find and more expensive in Winter, it doesn't  mean that we can't feel inspired by these tasty fruits! We're daydreaming about warmer days and getting creative with some new ideas for Summer pre-drinks and delicious desserts. Yum!


    • Richard and Shardae's in the Sunday Times!

      Posted on July 7, 2014 by Admin

      Richard and Shardae's stunning Val de Vie wedding was recently featured in the Sunday Times! Their special day was held 4 January 2014 and it was beautifully planned by Full Coordination.


    • The Celebrate Life Ball

      Posted on July 7, 2014 by Admin

      The Celebrate Life Ball (CLB) was recently held at Val de Vie. It was a glamorous and fun-filled event that was attended by a host of stylish guests. The event was conceptualised by Mrs. South Africa 2014, Chané de Kock, as a means to do good and raise money for charity. True to this dream, 100% of the proceeds raised have been donated to the Out of Africa Children’s Foundation.

      It was our pleasure to host the event and as the photos show, it was a spectacular evening filled with fine dining, chic fashion and amazing entertainment. Visit House of Vizion to view more photos.


    • White on white

      Posted on July 4, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      There's nothing boring about a white on white decor scheme. Fresh white brightens a space, creating a beautiful sense of lightness and feeling of space. larger space, and highlights everything around it. White is very versatile and looks stunning with modern or traditional styling.


    • We love Mia Mélange Stoneware

      Posted on July 2, 2014 by Admin

      We can't get enough of  Mia Mélange, a beautiful range of stoneware that's designed by surface and textile designer Mia Danieli. Based in Stellenbosch, South Africa, this talented designer proudly produces all of her ceramics in South Africa.

      Mia's designs are inspired by her love for nature, texture and pattern and all of her designs are from her original hand drawings. She also silkscreens her own decals and transfers them to the dishware by hand. This delicate hand crafted process makes each and every item perfectly imperfect and one of a kind.

      We think that the pieces would make very special gifts for a wedding or special occasion. They would also look gorgeous in a beach holiday house.

      Mia Mélange hopes to expand her product range to other home decor items in the near future.

      Visit her Etsy store to view her full range, or visit her website for more about her work.


    • Why we can't wait for Cintron Pink Polo!

      Posted on July 2, 2014 by Admin

      Danielle Boon, a Grade 11 pupil in La Rochelle High School, recently joined the Val de Vie Events team as an intern. She was very keen  delighted to learn about our estate and highly anticipated events such as Pink Polo, which takes place in October every year. Here's what Danielle had to write about the upcoming event:

      "The annual Cintron Pink Polo Event is all about bringing friends together to have fun in the sun for a good cause. The glamorous event raises awareness and funds in aid of breast cancer.  Polo combines with timeless, elegant fashion to create a sensational day on the social calendar. What can be more fun than making a statement in pink?"


    • Vintage va va voom

      Posted on July 1, 2014 by Admin

      The Val de Vie Events team recently had a new addition, intern Danielle Boon. As a Grade 11 pupil in La Rochelle High School in Paarl, she was keen to learn about our estate and the exciting events industry.

      We love this vintage themed moodboard that Danielle created. The vintage look never goes out of fashion and it's got a beautiful sense of romance. As she says, "make your vows timeless with a touch of vintage."


    • Don't miss the Wees Lig Vrouefees on 9 August 2014

      Posted on July 1, 2014 by Admin


    • Wees Lig Vrouefees is coming to Val de Vie

      Posted on June 20, 2014 by Admin


    • Enchanted Forest Romance

      Posted on June 19, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      We can't take our eyes off this shoot by Photographer Veronique Mills and Blomlief. Described as an Enchanted Forest Romance, the shoot celebrates nature with a touch of whimsical magic. Think of soft shades of pink, cream and delicate mauve, inspired by the gentle hues of a fresh Spring day. The stunning dresses from Anna Georgina by Kobus Dippenaar couldn't be more perfect.

      Feast your eyes on all the gorgeous details in the images below. To see more, please visit Confetti Daydreams.


    • Anel and SW's wedding is on b.loved wedding blog!

      Posted on June 19, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      We're thrilled to see that Anel and SW's wedding has been featured on UK wedding blog, b.loved.This elegant wedding was held in April at Val de Vie and it was memorable for so many reasons: the tangible joy of the newlyweds, the elegant, timeless white decor and the happy atmosphere. Yolandé Marx took gorgeous photos that capture the mood and the stylish simplicity of the decor - no wonder b.loved took notice!

      View the full article and more images here.


    • Another look at Tanya and Kasper's wedding

      Posted on June 18, 2014 by Admin

      A few months ago we showcased the beautiful wedding of Tanya van Graan and her husband, Kasper Kristofferson. It was such a gorgeous day that we can't help but post some more photos, taken by Rensche Mari.

      Val de Vie Events masterfully coordinated the event, which took place at La Residence in Franschhoek. This exceptional venue was recently awarded as the best boutique hotel in the world. 30 guests attended the intimate wedding and Tanya looked so beautiful in her gown made by Kobus Dippenaar.











    • The Celebrate Life Ball is coming to Val de Vie

      Posted on June 13, 2014 by Admin

      Celebrate Life Ball

      The Celebrate Life Ball (CLB) was birthed out of a desire by Mrs. South Africa 2014, Chané de Kock, to use a celebration as a vehicle for doing good. We are all connected with our fellow man, yet we live worlds apart. The CLB brings these two worlds together. It reminds us of our blessings and that we have much to celebrate, but it also encourages us to be a blessing to others. Aramex South Africa is proud to be the official sponsor of the Celebrate Life Ball. It promises to be a fun-filled and glamorous event in support of a very worthy cause. 100% of the proceeds raised will be donated to the Out of Africa Children’s Foundation.

      The glamorous evening is going to be filled with great entertainment, delicious food and dancing. The Celebrate Life Ball is taking place at the stunning Val de Vie Estate in Paarl. The guests include friends, family members and anybody who would like to celebrate life. Most of the 23 Mrs. South Africa finalists will also attend the Celebrate Life Ball. Another exciting element is the fact that my Mrs. World dresses will be shown at the event. This, together with the worthy cause, sparked media interest in the Celebrate Life Ball, so I am excited to announce that the popular SABC program, Expresso Show, will be filming the event. Several newspapers will also be attending the event. So get your best dress and those dancing shoes ready because this is going to be a night to remember.


    • RSVP for the Ladies Brunch in support of Bridging Abilities

      Posted on June 13, 2014 by Admin

      Bridging Abilities will be hosting a charity event on 28 June at Val de Vie Estate and ladies were recently invited to attend the brunch on KFM and MFM. Listen to the interview here.

      This wonderful organisation  aims to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities and to foster their personal and social development. Through sport and recreation camps, Bridging Abilities helps to improve the quality of life for each individual that passes through their doors, through rehabilitation, support and a range of wellness services.

      We applaud their incredible work and encourage everyone to support their worthy cause by attending this brunch. The event promises to be a very enjoyable occasion, offering a delectable brunch in the elegant surroundings of our picturesque estate.

      The details about the event are in the invitation below, we hope to you there! For more information about Bridging Abilities, please visit their website.

      Bridging-Abilities-Brunch


    • Corporate gifting with an edge

      Posted on June 12, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      At Val de Vie we know how important it is for corporate events to have a real wow-factor. After all, they are a representation of your business and brand, so every detail must be well thought out and considered.

      A great way to make an impression is corporate gifting. Take the time to find quality items that your guests will love to use and show off. Examples are leather bound stationery, elegant fountain pens, cufflinks or even wine accessories.

      If you're planning a corporate event, look no further than Val de Vie. Our beautiful estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from year-end functions, gala dinners, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties and product launches.

      To find out more, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


    • Ryk Neethling on Pearl Valley, Val de Vie and succeeding in property

      Posted on June 11, 2014 by Admin

      Ryk Neethling on Pearl Valley, Val de Vie and succeeding in property

      Posted on June 10, 2014 in Interviews

      Interview with Ryk Neethling
      The question faced by many sportsmen and women at the end of their competitive careers, is where to next? Very often this leads into the realms of celebrity dealings, and sporting off-shoots. The transition into a new chapter of their lives is sometimes met with great financial success, and sometimes it isn’t. Whatever the case may be, a successful career in sport does not always guarantee a successful career afterwards. Ryk Neethling, an Olympic gold medalist and South African swimming hero, is an athlete who has decisively taken his career into the world of property development, and seems to be making a sterling success of it. Ryk is the Marketing Director of award-winning Val de Vie Estate. The estate has just announced its expansion by buying into Pearl Valley Golf and Country Estate, and the surrounding land. Allowing the estates to leverage off of one-another’s unique offerings in the Cape, by providing home-owners access to a myriad of luxury lifestyle facilities. Based on the development that the company is pursuing it is certainly targeting the surge of the wealthy in the sought-after Western Cape region, which is much needed good news for business in South Africa. – LF

      RYK NEETHLING: The combined offering between Pearl Valley and Val de Vie will be something that is really unmatched, we believe, anywhere else in the world, as well as being close to the international airport in Cape Town.  The bridge that we’re going to build over the Berg River really opens up the whole Stellenbosch market, which is very expansive, so we’re quite excited about that.  So far, we had about 130 sales last year and the majority of the people are from Gauteng – so it’s people moving down – and we see that continuing, especially with the political results from the recent elections.

      LUCIENNE FERREIRA: That’s very interesting, that you mention you’ve noted that the elections have had such a big impact on property sales in Val de Vie.

      RYK NEETHLING: Yes, we see people from Gauteng and more and more, from Durban as well that are moving here.  The breadwinner will still commute to Johannesburg or to Durban, but the family can stay in a very secure environment.  There are very good schools in the area, and they can go to work and not have to worry about safety.

      LUCIENNE FERREIRA: In terms of Val de Vie as an estate, for those of us who aren’t familiar with it, what does it offer?  How is that pairing going to add value to the market with the acquisition of Pearl Valley and the surrounding land?

      RYK NEETHLING: In Val de Vie, we have about 530 plots.  It’s a lifestyle aspect.  We have a full working wine farm on the estate as well.  We have about 100 stables with horses.  We have two polo fields.  We have a very nice indoor swimming pool.  It’s not built just for me.  Anyone can use it.  We have a very nice gym.  We have a preschool on the estate.  We have a restaurant with a clubhouse so really – everything for everybody.  We are surrounded by four different mountain ranges.  The new adventure sport is obviously for everybody to go mountain biking, so we’re ideally situated for that, and it’s just a very nice outdoor lifestyle.  We have about two kilometres of Berg River where you can do fly-fishing.  We have five lakes and about 30 hectares where it’s also stocked with fish.

      Security is obviously the big thing, and then we feel that the recent acquisition of Pearl Valley Phase 2 – about 320 hectares – will give us access to one of the best golf courses in South Africa, without us actually having the golf course, and having the golfers walk in front of your house during the day.  We are very excited about that and Pearl Valley has a great brand as well, not just in South Africa but internationally, too.  I think that combined offering is just going to see this area become a very prominent player in the residential market.

      LUCIENNE FERREIRA: Absolutely.  I think we can both expect some property investors to find strong value there.  Cape Town in itself has a huge amount of value to offer.  Property prices are soaring.  Everybody wants a piece of it.  Can you tell us how much the acquisition was worth?

      RYK NEETHLING: Unfortunately, I can’t disclose that.

      LUCIENNE FERREIRA: I thought I would try.

      RYK NEETHLING: I know.  It was a nice try.  The price that we paid compared to the value it’s going to unlock…you can’t compare that.  The value that this acquisition is going to unlock is just going to be incredible.  The sales are increasing.  We were talking about the off-ramps as well as the Berg River being included, and it’s actually going to flow through their space now.  It’s really a paradise for young families.  People maybe have a misconception too, that it’s not a place for swallows or for people to come and retire.  It’s actually a very young estate.  The average age is maybe 40/45.  As I said – young – but it also depends on your perspective.  We currently have 200 kids under the age of ten, on the estate so it’s really a paradise for young families.

      LUCIENNE FERREIRA: Yes, it sounds like a great place to settle.  What I’m quite interested in, from the market transaction perspective is how did Val de Vie come to making the acquisition?  Is it part of the bigger growth strategy?  Is it leveraging on the fact that there is a middle-class sector boom in the country?  Was it something that was opportunistic?

      RYK NEETHLING: No, I think the original developer always had expansion in mind.  If you look at the estate, all the common facilities such as the restaurant and the stables are built on the border of Pearl Valley. There’s also extra services on the sewerage, water, and electricity fronts.  This development is going to happen in phases and for the first couple of phases, we don’t have to upgrade any of the infrastructure, which is going to make it even more profitable.  We can take our time and develop this, as the market demands it.  We’re not going to release any product that’s going to compete with a different product that we have, so the first phases will be a bit smaller plots.  We’re looking at a retirement village as well, so our main goal is to ensure that the people, who bought here so far, can get capital growth on their investments and we hope that the different products will aid that.

      LUCIENNE FERREIRA: It sounds like the group made a very strategic move.  One thing that people are very interested in, as much as the property boom is exciting and the investment aspect of it is exciting, especially with the pairing between Pearl Valley and Val de Vie…  How do you, South African swimming champion Ryk Neethling, fit into the operations at Val de Vie?

      RYK NEETHLING: Many people think I’m just a ‘page face’ or an ambassador, but I’ve been involved with Val de Vie for almost six years now.  I became a shareholder about three years ago, and my portfolio is all the marketing.  We have an estate agency.  We have a development company – restaurant, wines, business, and events – so I do all the marketing for that. We’re negotiating a hotel deal as well, and we’re talking to a couple of private school groups, so that’s my role. After I graduated from university in America, I worked in commercial real estate developments and investments for three years, so that’s where my background in the property game comes from.

      LUCIENNE FERREIRA: So it really sounds like you’re targeting that entire upper-middle-income sector group of properties, so that you can see the gains from all of the up and down swings in the market.  I was going to ask how you found yourself in property, but it seems as though it’s something you decided to do a while ago.

      RYK NEETHLING: Yes, my father’s a property lawyer too, so it’s something I grew up with and I must say I’m really living my dream, to be able to live in this beautiful place, and to be able to do what I love as well.


    • Suit up in style

      Posted on June 11, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Finding the right suit can be a challenge, but a well tailored suit is a real wardrobe investment. This article from Destiny Man magazine offers guidance on finding the right suit.

      Bespoke suits are the ultimate personal expression of the gentleman who wants the best. We go behind the scenes to learn what the creation of just one of these suits entails.

      Bespoke suits say something about the man behind the material – the quality’s sublime, the sewing’s precise and perfectly finished, the trimmings are top-notch and the superb tailoring means your suit is the ideal fit.

      Bespoke suits are made just for you, so the fit’s impeccable and every single detail of the suit can be personalized. Most clients enjoy the fact that their suit isn’t mass-produced in a factory, but is created exclusively for them by a private tailor.

      Made-to-measure clothing can also hide a multitude of sins. A shopper interested in an off-the-rack suit might have to buy a larger jacket to accommodate a wide midsection; it could also be too long and have oversized shoulders and arms. But a bespoke suit often includes a few strategically positioned extra centimeters of fabric where needed, while keeping the rest of the measurements in proportion.

      Posture also affects the way fabric hangs on the body. A good custom tailor will take diagonal body measurements to fit rounded shoulders or a slight slouch.

      You never have to worry about major alterations, since every suit you order will be in your size. Usually future alterations are complimentary, should you lose or gain weight.

      No matter the designer or the tailor, here’s what you can expect when getting a bespoke suit.

      Step 1: The initial meeting

      The first step in the process is to meet your tailor. If you don’t have ‘the average build’ (i.e. you are super-slender or very tall and bulky), this is your opportunity to tell him − or, her − what you struggle with when looking for a suit.

      Step 2: Fabric swatch choice

      This is a somewhat involved process, as everything counts. Most high-end tailors will use age-old methods of layering canvas inside the front of the jacket to create a perfectly hanging suit, though the silhouettes
are usually trim and the fabric colours range
from purples to midnight blue with chalk stripes.

      Step 3: Extensive lining options

      Although the lining is on the inside of the garment, it’s just as important as the actual fabric. The lining is always of superior-quality fabric and in an exciting colour. Picking your own lining today is like picking a tie.

      Step 4: Fabric matching

      The tailor − if he’s worth his salt − will usually drape the fabric you have chosen over your shoulder to match it to your complexion. This way, you get a realistic idea of how the colour complements your skin tone and eyes and is a far better method than merely choosing a fabric from minute swatches.

      Step 5: Measurements

      The tailor will take over 11 separate measurements of your body and these form the backbone of a well-fitting suit.

      Step 6: Final sketch

      The design process involves you and the designer equally, with you stating your requirements and the designer advising what’s feasible and offering creative input.

      Step 7: The fitting

      A bespoke suit takes a minimum of 35 hours to make. When it is completed, your tailor may ask you to come in for minor finishing touches.

      This article first appeared in Destiny Man magazine.


    • VAL DE VIE ESTATE EXPANDS

      Posted on June 10, 2014 by Admin

      THE VALLEY OF LIFE CONTINUES TO GROW

      The award-winning Val de Vie Estate will soon expand after acquiring a portion of the farm Kliprug, belonging to neighbouring Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate, combined with their recent purchase of the Levendal Developement from the Power Development Group. In doing so this residential node of Val de Vie and Pearl Valley will become the benchmark for secure country estate living, as well as give Val de Vie residents direct access to Pearl Valley’s renowned Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.

      The Opportunity:

      Val de Vie Estate has acquired, subject to certain conditions, 322 hectares of Kliprug which lies between Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate and Val de Vie Estate. The undeveloped land, originally used for clay mining, has approved rights for 1 094 residences, which includes farms, single and multiple unit residential opportunities.  The development will be incorporated into Val de Vie in phases over the next 10 years, starting early next year.

      Pearl Valley will retain 20ha of the land allowing for the development of an additional 150 stands within the existing Estate.  Under the stewardship of new shareholder Standard Bank, Pearl Valley is reviewing their Development Master Plan, which will see the development of various alternative residential opportunities.

      “Pearl Valley offers several fantastic real estate investment opportunities. With the sale of land to our neighbour, this further assists us to fulfil our Development Master Plan objectives,” says Rory Roriston, formerly Head of Real Estate Asset Management at Standard Bank and now Managing Director of Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate.

      More than 75% of the new Val de Vie development will be allocated as green areas used for vineyards, nature conservation, lakes, horse paddocks, parks and farmland. This complements the indigenous landscaped garden environment that its neighbour contains.   The original plan of including another golf course has been scrapped.  Both estates will retain their separate Homeowner’s Associations and stringent security measures. Roads and security gatehouses linking the two estates will be the first project to commence, and will enable Val de Vie residents taking up Pearl Valley Non-Resident Golf Memberships, to access Pearl Valley’s golf facilities by golf cart.

      Pearl Valley Phase I was developed in 2003 and its Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course has consistently been ranked as one of South Africa’s Top 10 courses.  The most recent being its 7th spot on the Golf Digest Top 100.  Pearl Valley was again ranked Best Conditioned Course the Western Cape in 2014.

      Endless Possibilities with Levendal:

      Val de Vie also bought 93 hectares of land across the river as well as all rights associated with the Levendal Developement from the Power Development Group.  It took over nine years to acquire the rights for the Levendal Development. The rights include an extensive range of various residential and some commercial opportunities.  The rights provide for 591 opportunities enabling Val de Vie to become owners of the land on both sides of the Berg River and develop a bridge for use by residents of both estates only. This will link the estates with the R45 making the journey into the Stellenbosch CBD less than 20 minute and allowing  quicker access to the N1 with a estimated 20 minute trip to the International Airport and under 30min to the V&A Waterfront.

      With the respective developments planned on either side of the fence, Val de Vie and Pearl Valley will together create a lifestyle village that includes polo, golf, mountain biking, other sports and wine; unsurpassed in scale and choice anywhere in South Africa. Martin Venter CEO & Founder of the Val de Vie Development Company sums it up: “Val de Vie and Pearl Valley have each built strong international brands. However, the expansion of Val de Vie will result in a luxury residential node with diverse offerings, multiple exits and access to two provincial roads, the R301 and R45.”

      Val de Vie Foundation:

      The Val de Vie Development Company has also committed to strengthening communities in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley by establishing the Val de Vie Foundation. A small portion of the monthly levy income and percentage of all sales will go towards supporting local community programs with an emphasis on education and children's programs. It is estimated that this fund can contribute in excess of R5million over and above the current contributions Val de Vie makes through various initiatives.

      Prizes and Prices:

      Val de Vie recently scooped two International Property Awards in Dubai, respectively winning a 5-star award for Best Development, Multiple Units, and another award as Highly Commended in the Best Leisure Development category. The “Polo House” was also awarded the Best Single Unit Development in Africa and Arabia. Stands are priced from R1 000 000 upwards and Villas are available from R3 million to R15 million.

      Val de Vie

      Val de Vie is a 532 plot family friendly primary residence estate which boasts state of the art security, leafy, wide-open spaces, worlds class-polo fields, Rhône-style vineyards, a modern pre-school, and stunning French Provencal and Cape Colonial architecture. The vineyards produce internationally acclaimed wines, and the polo fields host several international tournaments each year. The Estate offers more than 80 horse stables and more than 2km of Berg River frontage. In 2013 the estate recorded a record number of 130 sales.

      Pearl Valley

      Unsurpassed for natural beauty and nestled in the gorgeous Berg River Valley, surrounded by the magnificent Simonsberg Mountains and situated on the banks of the Berg River lies Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate. This beautiful 212-hectare estate incorporates both a tranquil and secure country residential estate and an award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Named the Best Conditioned Golf Course in the Western Cape for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Golf Digest Magazine and awarded Compleat Golfer’s Five Star Experience Award for six consecutive years, it is evident that it does indeed take a legend to make a legend.

      Pearl Valley Golf Membership

      Golf Membership at Pearl Valley remains exclusive and predominately Pearl Valley resident based, however, a limited number of Pearl Valley Non-Resident Golf Memberships are available, membership includes the following:

      • Unlimited complimentary green fees
      • Unlimited access to member practice facilities
      • Preferred Golf Member tee times (with your accompanied guests)
      • Access to Golf Member Competitions
      • Member Guest Invitational Days
      • Affiliation and handicapping fees
      • Two complimentary green fee vouchers
      • Access to the Pearl Valley clubhouse, bar and Members Lounge with free Wi-Fi
      • 10% discount on food & beverage items, spa treatments and merchandise in The Golf Shop
      • Discounted cart fees
      • Preferred green fees for accompanied guests

      Reciprocity to Jack Nicklaus golf courses worldwide.

      Proximity

      Approximately 35 minutes drive to Cape Town. Approximately 20 minutes drive to Durbanville. Approximately 15 minutes drive to Franschhoek Approximately 20 minutes to Stellenbosch. 8 km to Paarl (via R301)

      FOR FURTHER PRESS INFORMATION CONTACT:

      Marketing Director of Val de Vie Estate

      – Ryk Neethling

      Email: ryk.neethling@valdevie.co.za

      Mobile: +27 82 995 1700

      Sales & Marketing Manager of Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate

      - Pamela Warrington

      Email: pamela.warrington@pearlvalley.co.za

      Tel: +27 21 867 8000. Mobile: +27 82 040 5909


    • Lezanne and Andre's wedding

      Posted on June 10, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      We're loving the colourful quirkiness of the Lezanne and Andre's wedding photos, masterfully taken by Charl Smith from Agape Studios. The couple held at Val de Vie on the 15th of March 2014 and these photos capture the energy and vibrancy of the day.



    • Moroccan magic

      Posted on June 10, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Embrace the exotic with a dash of Moroccan magic! We are so inspired by the rich colours and patterns of this beautiful country. For something different, why not host a Moroccan inspired event? Use deep, vibrant colours in your palette and have comfy rugs and cushions for guests can sit on. Serve dishes such as tagines and stuffed dates, and traditional beverages such as mint tea. For entertainment, how about a belly dancing lesson?


    • DIY Mimosa bar

      Posted on June 9, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      We love this creative idea of a “help yourself to a Mimosa” bar.

      Choose as many Summer fruity flavours as you wish and set them out for your guests to enjoy. Glassware can either be very formal with pretty Champagne flutes, or for a more relaxed style go for an eclectic mix and match.

      This fun idea is perfect for an outdoor kitchen tea in Spring or Summer or simply for a get together with great friends.


    • Pure elegance

      Posted on June 6, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Happy Friday! We just love this romantic, elegant look. Vintage Lace, touches of gold, glass, crystal and pearl create a classy style all around.


    • Mia and Mikhael's wedding video

      Posted on June 5, 2014 by Admin

      Here' the beautiful wedding video of Mia and Mikhael, who celebrated their special wedding at Val de Vie. Just gorgeous! Videography by TRÖvideo.


    • A fabulous Ladies Brunch in support of Bridging Abilities

      Posted on June 4, 2014 by Admin

      Bridging Abilities will be hosting a charity event on 28 June at Val de Vie Estate. This wonderful organisation  aims to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities and to foster their personal and social development. Through sport and recreation camps, Bridging Abilities helps to improve the quality of life for each individual that passes through their doors, through rehabilitation, support and a range of wellness services.

      We applaud their incredible work and encourage everyone to support their worthy cause by attending this brunch. The event promises to be a very enjoyable occasion, offering a delectable brunch in the elegant surroundings of our picturesque estate.

      The details about the event are in the invitation below, we hope to you there! For more information about Bridging Abilities, please visit their website.


    • Wine Special this Month

      Posted on June 3, 2014 by Admin

      Enjoy this award winning wine with your favourite winter dishes of venison or roast lamb. Limited stock available from the Polo Club Restaurant and Wine Bar- 021 863 6174


    • The Val de Vie Grooms take to the field

      Posted on June 2, 2014 by janette

      Great teamwork between the men that take care of our beloved horses at Val de Vie. Here is George Mumba as captain with his team ready for a soccer match this past weekend.




    • Kara and Dirk's dream wedding at Val de Vie

      Posted on May 27, 2014 by Admin

      Imagine winning a wedding at Val de Vie worth R800 000!  For one lucky couple this is not a dream anymore, but a reality!  Kara and Dirk won the SA Wedding Show “Win a Wedding” competition last year.  It was the biggest wedding prize that has ever been given away in South Africa and the record might stand for a few years to come.

      Apart from getting the luxurious Val de Vie as a wedding venue, Kara was also sponsored a beautiful Anna Georgina dress, a wedding video from Vision on Fire and plenty of other prizes. Zara Zoo offered a wedding photography package worth R30 000 that included a pre-wedding photo shoot.

      Although Kara and Dirk were at school together, the flame only started burning when they studied together at Stellenbosch University.  The couple now lives in Gauteng, but their dream had always been to have their wedding in the Cape Winelands.

      Both bride and groom got ready on the estate with Kara arriving in the estate's beautiful vintage car that was also later used for the couple photos.  The tented ceremony was done in the French courtyard. 160 of their closest family and friends attended.

      After the ceremony photographer Natelee took Kara and Dirk around the estate, including the wine tasting house, vineyards and the polo field for photos.  While the couple had their photos done, guests were entertained to a real polo match while sipping on the finest bubbly and being treated to sumptuous Canapés from the Polo Club Restaurant.

      The reception was a feast fit for royalty with styling done by Cream Event Library and music by Aleit Music & Entertainment.  Thanks to the SA Wedding Show, Die Burger and an element of luck, Kara and Dirk had their dream wedding realized in style!

      The SA Wedding Show will run from 6-8 June this year and is hosted at the CTICC.  It is the biggest Wedding Expo in the Western Cape.  Tickets are available at the door at R80 and gives you a host of experiences including live demos, chef tastings, a Little Pink Book Wedding Workshop and the cream of Western Cape wedding suppliers and services to browse through.  Plan your wedding in one weekend by visiting the SA Wedding Show 2014.

      Photos by Natelee Koen & Annerien Nel


    • Francois and Donna-Lee's engagement shoot

      Posted on May 27, 2014 by Admin

      Francois Brummer, a Griekwa Rugby Player, will be tying the knot with his beautiful fiance, Donna-Lee, up North in December. The couple celebrated their love with a beautiful engagement shoot at Val de Vie - simply stunning!


    • Gatsby gold

      Posted on May 27, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      A 1920s inspired Great Gatsby theme has long been a popular option for parties and weddings alike. This era saw the rising popularity of jazz, radical new fashions for women (think of the stylish bob) and classic cocktails such as Long Island ice tea and the Manhattan. Put a twist on your version of this theme with a dazzling gold colour scheme. You'll have all the fun and energy of the roaring 20s with an extra dash of glamour.


    • City chic

      Posted on May 26, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Today we are so inspired by the beautiful colours, patterns and textures of old European cities. Got the Monday blues? Perk up your day with some bright primary colours and eye-catching prints.


    • Anel and SW's wedding

      Posted on May 21, 2014 by Admin

      Here are some stunning photos by Yolandé Marx of Anel and SW's Val de Vie wedding, which was held on 12 April 2014 and coordinated by Karla Oettler from Absolute Weddings. We were delighted to host this lovely couple and wish them much joy and happiness.

















    • Botanical beauty

      Posted on May 21, 2014 by Elsje Human

      In South Africa we are so lucky to have an abundance of gorgeous indigenous flowers and vegetation. Bring the beauty of our botanical heritage into your wedding with fynbos, proteas and lush leaves. Think out the box by laying flowers along table runners, or topping your cake with a rustic flower arrangement.


    • Val de Vie: The venue of choice for chic corporate events

      Posted on May 20, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions.

      We understand that each event should offer the best possible experience for your clients or colleagues, which is why each corporate event is planned according to your unique needs. Our team can coordinate every aspect of your event, making the entire process as stress-free and efficient as possible.

      The  elegant ballroom, a truly luxurious venue, can comfortably accommodate 300 people for a seated dinner. Take advantage of our unique offerings, such as a private polo match with your company's branding, or perhaps wine tasting and blending with our winemaker, a great way to enjoy team building in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

      We are proud to have hosted numerous top corporate businesses and brands, including Investec, Nikon, Veuve Clicquot, ABSA and BMW.

      To find out more, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


    • Sone's beautiful family photo shoot

      Posted on May 19, 2014 by Admin

      Sone, a gorgeous Val de Vie bride, recently had a beautiful family photo shoot at Warwick Wine Estate. The photos were taken by Inecke Photography and they are absolutely gorgeous!

      The Val de Vie Events team loves the idea of a family photo shoot before a wedding. It's a wonderful way to celebrate family bonds at such a special time in ones life.

      View more photos from the shoot on Inecke's website.





    • Fresh and simple

      Posted on May 19, 2014 by Elsje Human

      It's the start of a new week, so we are feeling inspired by this fresh, clean look. White is peaceful, elegant and pure, and it can be a gorgeous statement colour on its own. Add some accent items to add visual interest, such as striking jewellery or quirky table settings.


    • Pink passion

      Posted on May 16, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Did you know that a pink carnation means "I will never forget you"? Beautiful, romantic pink is the color of universal love. Add some charm to your wedding with splashes of this warm, loving colour.


    • Burger and Heleen's engagement shoot

      Posted on May 15, 2014 by Admin

      We are very excited about the wedding of Burger and Heleen, who are tying the knot next week at Val de Vie. Their gorgeous engagement shoot was taken by Kyle Krige, who has beautifully captured the bond shared by this wonderful couple.


    • Jean-Mari and Julian's engagement shoot

      Posted on May 14, 2014 by Admin

      Jean-Mari and Julian's wedding will be held at Val de Vie on 23 August 2014 and we know it's going to be a wonderful day!

      We love their engagement shoot by Aglow Photography, which took place in Cape Town and beautifully celebrates their love.


    • Vintage simplicity

      Posted on May 14, 2014 by Elsje Human

      We love the idea of a vintage decor theme that's all about simplicity. Imagine old glass bottles filled with wild flower posies, a gorgeous naked cake with no icing, a simple bouquet of baby's breath or a table setting with no tablecloths, but rather exposed, beautiful antique wood. With this look there's no need for extra embellishments or fiddly details - just celebrate the beauty of the simple things.


    • Friday Night FOOD MARKET - 30 May

      Posted on May 12, 2014 by Admin

      Invite your friends and family for a fun night out in the winelands.
      Country style with Live Music and old black and white movies projected on big screens while you're browsing the selection of delicious food stalls to delight your tastebuds! Its all about family so bring along the little ones for some fun in the kids entertainment area.
      Free Entrance
      Doors open from 6pm until 10pm.


    • With love to all the mothers out there ...

      Posted on May 12, 2014 by Admin


    • Quirky and cute!

      Posted on May 12, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Embrace your inner child by adding fun, quirky elements to your wedding. Imagine splashes of glitter, a bright, cheery palette of colours and loads of bright sweet treats. Find unusual accessories such as old suitcases to add to the decor, or perhaps even arrive at the ceremony in a school bus! Think back to the parties of your childhood and draw inspiration from there. After all, this theme is all about celebrating your special day with a big smile!


    • Monique and Nick's wedding video

      Posted on May 12, 2014 by Admin

      FJS Productions have released their captivating video of Monique and Nick's Val de Vie wedding. The special day included a polo match and a stunning reception that really had the wow factor.


    • Falling for fall

      Posted on May 12, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      May is the last month of Autumn and we love the beauty of this mellow season. Leaves  are ablaze with red and gold start falling from the trees, and the weather begins to cool down. An Autumn-themed wedding pays tribute to the beauty of nature, drawing on natural themes such as leaves, wooden textures and deep, rich colours.

      Autumn flowers

      Take inspiration from Autumn's golden hues by using deep yellow, muted greens and rusty reds. Berries and bright leaves also look beautiful in a bouquet.


    • Tracy and Colin's engagement shoot

      Posted on May 9, 2014 by Admin

      Tracy and Colin are planning to celebrate their wedding at Val de Vie early next year. It's going to be a spectacular occasion and we are so thrilled to be coordianting the big day of this amazing couple!

      Their stunning engagement shoot by Abri Kruger took our breath away. Tracy and Colin's adorable little boy and girl were part of the shoot and we love the glamour and warmth that the images convey.

      The talented Abri Kruger boasts years of experience in the USA and South Africa. He covers wedding internationally but calls South Africa his home.


    • Mikhael & Mia's Wedding

      Posted on May 9, 2014 by Admin

      Mikhael and Mia recently held their wedding at Val de Vie, which was beautifully coordinated by Elsje Oosthuizen.

      We are enthralled by the amazing photographs taken by Ryan Graham. They are truly magnificent and bring the day to life in exquisite detail. The chic white decor scheme included natural, country-inspired flower arrangements with rosemary, baby's breath and proteas, amongst others.

      We were honoured to host this lovely wedding and wish Mikhael and Mia much happiness in their lives together.

      View more photos on Ryan Graham's website.


    • Dreamy wedding decor

      Posted on May 9, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

      Get dreamy with this eye-catching and opulent decor scheme. Gold, vibrant colours and rich textures are combined to make a dramatic statement -  it's all about mixing up disparate ideas and making them work together.


    • Shelley and Paul's wedding

      Posted on May 8, 2014 by Admin

      We love the gorgeous photos of Shelley and Paul's wedding day, taken by Alice Swan Photography. We were so happy to be part of this wonderful couple's big day, which was held at Val de Vie on 12 December 2013.

      The ceremony took place in the Polo Pavilion, while the dazzling reception was in our ballroom. A crisp white decor scheme created a beautifully elegant and romantic mood.

      To view more photos, please visit Alice Swan's website.


    • A picture perfect paint-themed party for kids

      Posted on May 8, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

      Add a splash of colour with a paint-themed party! Kids will love this quirky and vibrant theme, which draws on all things paint related. It's a great way for them to have a party that celebrates their favourite colours. Elements such as colour swatch cards, paintbrushes and Pantone colours are transformed into cute decorations and delicious treats.

      All images courtesy of Sweetstyle.com.au


    • A peek at Shelley and Paul's wedding

      Posted on May 6, 2014 by Admin

      Here's a preview of Shelley and Paul's wedding photos, taken by Alice Swan Photography. This amazing couple tied the knot at Val de Vie on 12 December 2013, watch out for more photos soon!


    • Simone and Nick's wedding

      Posted on May 6, 2014 by Admin

      Simone and Nick held their wedding at Val de Vie on 8 March 2014. Val de Vie Full Coordination was delighted to have planned this special day; the couple are so in love and it was a real pleasure to work with them.

      The beautiful outdoor ceremony took place in the French Quad, which boasts magnificent views of the polo fields and surrounding mountains.

      An intimate reception followed in the Polo Club Restaurant. Crisp, elegant decor set the tone, and after a sumptuous dinner guests were keen to join the newlyweds on the dance floor.

      These are just some of the gorgeous photos of the day, taken by Moira West Photography. Be sure to view more on Moira's Facebook page.

      We wish Simone and Nick much joy and happiness in their future together!


    • Mother's Day at the Polo Club Restaurant

      Posted on May 6, 2014 by Admin

      Spoil your Mom on Mother's Day!

      Reservations Essential: 021 863 6174


    • We love Joannette Kruger and Abri Kruger Photography

      Posted on May 2, 2014 by Admin

      We are taken aback by the talent of Joannette Kruger Photography and Abri Kruger Photography. From weddings to family photo shoots, their work is always absolutely beautiful and full of emotion. With Winter on the way, why not contact them for a family photoshoot with a winter theme?

      As Joanette says, "I strive to make each session creative and fun as possible and try to steer away from your traditional family sessions."

      To find out more about their work, please Joannette Kruger Photography and Abri Kruger Photography.


    • Corporate event trends for 2014

      Posted on May 1, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Gone are the days when corporate events meant stale canapes, bad lighting and dull PowerPoint presentations. Today any corporate functions needs to be a slick, creative affair that conveys a powerful brand message. Event Solutions has a great overview of some of the trends we can expect to see in the year ahead.

      All images and ideas courtesy of Event Solutions.

      1. Marquee Signs
      Use illuminated letters to spell out anything important, from your company name to a key area at the venue.

      Trends_Web1

      2. Events for a Cause
      Companies are becoming more socially aware, which is why the hottest events are associating themselves with worthy causes. From savvy marketing for charities to worthy donations, it's all about making a positive difference.

      3. Shapes and Patterns
      Decor is going beyond single colour palettes and now a range of patterns are all the rage. Chevrons, diamonds, florals, polka dots... there are so many ways to add some visual drama with patterns.

      Trends_Web2

      Trends_Web4

      4. Rustic Modern Décor
      Rustic decor takes on a modern edge when combined with striking modern elements such as glass, metal and mirrors. The contrast of natural materials such as wood and raw fabrics with industrial styling is a look that we'll be seeing a lot of in the year ahead.

      5. Unique Venues
      Finding an unusual venue is a hot trend that adds a sense of intrigue and excitement. Never mind conference halls or ballrooms, events are now taking place at unexpected locations such as galleries, museums and warehouses.

      Trends_Web5


    • Funky festive food ideas

      Posted on April 30, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Let food become a visual feast with bold colours and eye-catching patterns. Quirky and downright decadent, we love the idea of making party food just as fun as it was when we were kids. Who can resist pink candy floss or luscious cupcakes adorned with hundreds and thousands? Yum!


    • Bigger Better Beverage Bars

      Posted on April 30, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Hot or cold, winter or summer,  nothing can stop you from having a creative  and fresh beverage offering at your big day bash!

      We love the idea of signature cocktails, as well as His and Hers drinks. The customised coffee bar is also a super  idea if you are having a winter wedding. Mini drinks are a clever way of having more drinks on offer, but still saving on the costs.
      Whatever tickles your fancy, a funky beverage offering is a MUST this season.
      Cheers to choosing something fun and delicious!

      Images courtesy of Lover.ly


    • Glittering gold

      Posted on April 29, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Gold is a glamorous colour that never goes out of fashion. Adding some golden sparkle to your wedding instantly creates a luxe feel. Use sequins, glitter or sumptuous fabrics to add some gold to your decor. Gold looks great with many other colours, from whites and neutrals to pinks or even greens, so it's very versatile too.


    • Warm up with Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup

      Posted on April 29, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Autumn is here so we're preparing ourselves for cooler days and evenings. This soup recipe is a perfect hearty and healthy dish for the chilly weather on the way.

      Recipe courtesy of www.justeasyrecipes.co.za

      Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup (serves 4-6)

      This is a rich tomato soup, it’s absolutely delicious… Perfect for a starter, main course or even as a base for a pasta sauce!  Use plum or vine-ripened tomatoes, in fact whatever tomato you use, just make sure it’s red, ripe and juicy.

      Ingredients

      10-12 plum tomatoes, cut lengthwise
      1 large onion, cut into quarters
      6 cloves of garlic, peeled (4 left whole for roasting and 2 crushed for sautéing)
      4 tablespoons olive oil (you’ll use 3 tbs for roasting and 1 tbs for frying garlic)
      1/3 cup dry red wine
      2 cups chicken stock
      1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
      2 tablespoons tomato paste
      1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped (and some extra for garnish)
      1 teaspoon sugar
      1 teaspoon salt
      1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
      Optional: ¼ – ½ cup cream if you want it to be a little creamier

      Method:

      1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
      2. Place the tomatoes, onions and 4 garlic cloves onto a large roasting tray.  Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and season well with salt and pepper.  Roast for 1 hour and allow to cool.
      3. Once cooled, transfer it to a blender and puree until smooth.
      4. In a medium-sized pot (big enough for the soup) and over medium heat, add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 cloves crushed garlic, salt and pepper. Cook for about 1-2 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic.
      5. Now pour in the pureed tomato mixture and cook for roughly 5 minutes.
      6. Add the tomato paste, sugar, chopped basil, red wine, chicken stock and balsamic vinegar and stir to combine.
      7. Allow the mixture to come to the boil and then reduce the heat to low and allow it to simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.
      8. If you’d like the soup even smoother, run the blender through the soup again.

    • Brown and white

      Posted on April 25, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

      We all know that black and white is a classic combination, but at the moment the Val de Vie events team is loving brown and white. Classy and understated, the brown-white spectrum has it all: white is crisp, clean and modern, while chocolate brown conveys a welcoming sense of warmth, comfort and relaxation.


    • Crazy about cake stations

      Posted on April 25, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Sweet stations have been a popular dessert option at weddings for quite a while now, so we're excited to see the latest hot trend: the cake station! Tempt your guests with an array of scrumptious cakes. Not only does everyone get to enjoy different flavours, the cakes also look gorgeous and make a decor statement.

      All images courtesy of Lover.ly


    • Pure and simple

      Posted on April 23, 2014 by Iza Slabbert

      Sometimes simple is best. A classic plan white t-shirt, a slick ponytail, a bunch of plain white roses or a cake that's simply adorned with luscious icing. It's almost become a cliche to say that less is more, but there is still so much truth in this statement. As Leonardo da Vinci famously said, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”


    • Equestrian inspired events

      Posted on April 23, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Here at Val de Vie we've long been drawn to the beauty of horses and the elegance of polo, so it's no surprise to us that a trend for equestrian-inspired events has taken off. Hay bales, lucky horse shoes and rustic flowers complete the look for this country-style theme. Many of our couples choose to have a polo match played at their wedding, which we think is the absolute cherry on top!

      All images courtesy of Lover.ly


    • UB40 ft. Ali Campbell at Val de Vie Estate

      Posted on April 22, 2014 by Admin

      Check out this great video of UB40 ft. Ali Campbell, who performed at Val de Vie on 4 April 2014. Brought to SA by Seed Experiences & DStv, the show also included Trenton and Free Radical, Hot Water and special guests Mango Groove.

      With more than 50 hit singles and record sales in excess of 70 million worldwide, UB40 remain one of the most successful bands of all time. Three of the original members have reunited, including the original vocalist Ali Campbell, who mesmerized audiences with his signature voice.

      DSTV were proud to come on board as media partner along with Heart 104.9FM as Cape Town radio partner, to bring fans the band's all time classics such as 'Red Red Wine', 'Kingston Town' and 'Can't Help Falling In Love', which are known and adored across the world and sound as fresh today as they did when they were first released.


    • Daily inspiration

      Posted on April 22, 2014 by Elsje Human


    • Wedding Trends

      Posted on April 22, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Navy blue is one of the hottest wedding colors for 2014. Classy, classic and understated, it looks gorgeous with white, silver and even pink.

      Image courtesy of elegantweddinginvites.com


    • Simone and Nicholas' beautiful wedding video

      Posted on April 17, 2014 by Admin

      Mr & Mrs Rixon from Someday Films on Vimeo.

      We love this wedding video of Simone and Nicholas' Val de Vie wedding. Created by Someday Films, it captures the love and happiness of the day.


    • Val de Vie Estate welcomes Hope Through Action into our Hospitality Internship Programme

      Posted on April 17, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate was thrilled to welcome seven young men from Mbekweni Hope Through Action into our Hospitality Internship Programme.

      Hosted by the Val de Vie Events team, the programme launched on 13 April 2014. The aim is to invest in the less fortunate youth of our valley and to share our knowledge with them. In doing so, we can help the candidates to access new career opportunities and to create renewed hope for their future.

      We believe that with the necessary training and practical experience, we can impart key business principals that will empower candidates to apply for positions within the industry. They will be motivated, confident and geared to improve their career prospects.

      Thousands of tourists visit the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley each year and the South African hospitality industry is growing at a steady pace, offering many potential areas of interest to the youth of our valley.

      To share in our excitement about this great programme, keep your eye on our blog and Facebook page for updates about their journey.

      We are so grateful to our sponsors who have made a valuable contribution to the initiative.

      Poloworld

      Poloworld designed the exclusive Val de Vie Polo Club Collection in collaboration with the estate. They are also the official Casablanca Polo agents in South Africa supplying Polo equipment to the Polo community." Please visit their online store at www.shop.poloworld.co.za.

      Courier Crew Shuttle Service

      We thank the Courier Crew Shuttle Service for sponsoring the Transport to and from the estate to ensure our Men from Mbekweni travel safely and timely during their Journey with us at Val de Vie Estate. Contact them at info@couriercrew.co.za.


    • Hope Through Action helps out at the Val de Vie Market

      Posted on April 17, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie hosted another successful Market on Sunday 13 April. Apart from the tempting stalls, family activities and music by Heinz Winckler, what made this market extra special was the participants from our Hope Through Action programme who helped out at the event.

      The aim of the initiative to invest in the less fortunate youth of our valley and to share our knowledge with them. In doing so, we can help the candidates to access new career opportunities and to create renewed hope for their future.

      We are so grateful to our sponsors, Poloworld and Courier Crew, for their valuable help.

      Poloworld

      Poloworld designed the exclusive Val de Vie Polo Club Collection in collaboration with the estate. They are also the official Casablanca Polo agents in South Africa supplying Polo equipment to the Polo community. Please visit their online store at www.shop.poloworld.co.za.

      Courier Crew

      We are also so grateful to Kobie Malan from Courier Crew and Shuttle Crew, who provided free transport for the guys. For more information about their services, call 021 872 8460 or visit their website.

      Here are some fun photos of the day, including shots from a popular photo booth for visitors to enjoy.


    • On trend with toile

      Posted on April 16, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      "Toile de Jouy" or "toile", is a beautiful type of decorating pattern consisting of a white or off-white background coupled with floral or country-inspired prints. Colours can range from blue, black to dark red. We love how it can be applied from stationery to cakes, creating an elegantly classic look.

      All images from Loverly


    • Top event trends for 2014

      Posted on April 15, 2014 by Simone de Wet

      Arthur Backal from New York-based event company Backal Management Group has some wonderful insights into the top event trends for 2014. The Val de Vie Events team has already been inspired by some of these trends and we can't wait to try them all.

      Food & Beverage

      Healthier Snacks for New Year’s Resolutions

      As people become more health aware, sweets and unhealthy snacks are far less popular at events. Granola bars, fruit and other healthy snacks are in. Guests feel better with healthier snacks such as nuts, energy bars or fruit.

      Mini-everything


      Mini desserts have been a popular option for a while, but the trend is extending to make all meals “mini.” The Backal team offers mini breakfast pastries and yogurt parfaits with breakfast. “People don’t want to feel like they’re missing out,” Backal said. “They want a bit of everything. We serve small portions of everything so you can get a little taste.”

      This plays into...

      Sampling rather than heavy buffets


      Heavy buffet dinners are limiting, Backal noted, and do not convey “fresh” or “local.” Instead, he recommends interactive stations with small plates to let guests sample a wide range of options. “Give people a little taste,” Backal said. “Have a variety.”

      Technology

      Registration via iPads for Check In

      Although paper registration is a comfortable fallback, it allows for a issues such as missing or misspelled names and having to reprint attendee lists. Electronic lists, on the other hand, are easy to update and can be transferred seamlessly between devices, making a planner’s job smoother during a hectic meeting.

      Which plays into...

      iPads instead of Pen and Paper

      Pen and paper are out. Today, companies provide their attendees with iPads to take important notes for the day, or install tablets in shared lounge spaces where guests can check email and take a quick break from the workday. “It helps the overall aesthetic and keeps things focused on what’s happening,” Backal said. “This is better for the environment, and it appeals to tech-savvy companies.”

      Set-up & Décor

      Creating the Atmosphere

      “Uplighting” is in and transforms a ballroom to a lounge, turning a function room into a party. Creative colors can pick up on company’s logos or client’s theme. “You can transform a space in an effective way,” Backal said, “and it can help with economics without going into over-the-top decor."

      Social Seating

      Generic classroom seating is out and can feel crowded and boring. Instead, consider interactive setups such as clusters, round circles or small tables.These alternative seating styles encourage interaction, mingling and a sense of inclusion.

      Content courtesy of internationalmeetingsreview.com


    • D'Ore glams up its store for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters

      Posted on April 10, 2014 by Admin

      We love this in-store activation that D'Ore created for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters. D'Ore offers luxury fashion brands such as Armani, Emilio Pucci and Escada, making it the perfect place to find beautiful items that are at the cutting edge of trends. Visit the D'Ore website for more information about this premium store.


    • The Veuve Clicqout Masters Polo 2014 in Get It Cape Town Magazine

      Posted on April 10, 2014 by Admin

      The April edition of Get It Cape Town Magazine has a fantastic overview of the annual Veuve Clicqout Masters Polo Cape Town, which was held at Val de Vie Estate in March. As the articles show, the event was attended by a host of glamorous celebs such as Locnville, Cindy Nell, Jen Su, Dion Chang, Christiaan Gabriël Du Toit and Jeannie Dee. What a stunning day!


    • Ryk Neethling chats to Radio Tygerberg about the Market at Val de Vie

      Posted on April 9, 2014 by Admin

      Ryk Neethling recently chatted to Radio Tygerberg about the Market at Val de Vie that's taking place this Sunday on 13 April 2014.

      It's going to be a day packed with fun things to do! Apart from delicious foods and beautiful goods that will be on sale, Heinz Winckler will be providing wonderful musical entertainment. 4x4 enthusiasts have the unique opportunity to test drive the latest range of Jeep models at Val de Vie's amazing new 4x4 trail. Either bring your 4x4 or book a test drive in the Jeep Wrangler. It's sure to be an exciting outdoor event! View the event details now.

      Click here t0 listen to the interview.


    • Val de Vie Estate's Hospitality Internship Program

      Posted on April 9, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate is looking forward to welcoming seven young men from Mbekweni Hope Through Action into our Hospitality Internship Program.

      Hosted by the Val de Vie Events team, the program launches on 13 April 2014. The aim is to invest in the less fortunate youth of our valley and to share our knowledge with them. In doing so, we can help the candidates to access new career opportunities and to create renewed hope for their future.

      We believe that with the necessary training and practical experience, we can impart key business principals that will empower candidates to apply for positions within the industry. They will be motivated, confident and geared to improve their career prospects.

      Thousands of tourists visit the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley each year and the South African hospitality industry is growing at a steady pace, offering many potential areas of interest to the youth of our valley.

      To share in our excitement about this great program, keep your eye on our blog and Facebook page for updates about their journey.


    • Kara and Dirk tie the knot at Val de Vie

      Posted on April 8, 2014 by Admin

      A year ago Val de Vie formed part of The South African Wedding Show wedding competition, which is worth a dazzling R800 000. Hosted in association with Die Burger, the competition offers incredible prizes to make the perfect wedding day. This past weekend we were thrilled to celebrated with the winning couple, Kara and Dirk, who both looked amazing on special big day.

      Val de Vie Events wishes them all the best in their future together.


    • Experience the Val de Vie 4x4 Trail with Jeep this Sunday

      Posted on April 7, 2014 by Admin

      4x4 enthusiasts have the unique opportunity to test drive the latest range of Jeep models at Val de Vie's amazing new 4x4 trail. Either bring your 4x4 or book a test drive in the Jeep Wrangler. It's sure to be an exciting outdoor event! Interested? View the event details now.

      The Jeep® Wrangler has proven off-road capability. It's the original trailblazer, fortified with components that give you the freedom to Go Anywhere, Do Anything™. Whether your quest for adventure takes you over rocks, through water,3 or onto roads buried in fresh snow, Wrangler’s unmatched capability holds true for all who take the wheel. View Jeep's Brochure to find out more.

      The Market at Val de Vie will also be in full swing, so be sure to swing by and enjoy the fresh foods, beautiful goods and fun family activities.

      Book today by emailing jacques@rolagrp.co.za or call 021 840 1726.


    • Val de Vie Estate welcomes Perfect China and former President FW de Klerk

      Posted on April 3, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate welcomed 250 delegates from Perfect China, numerous dignitaries and former President FW de Klerk for the opening of the spectacular new L'Huguenot cellar on Val de Vie. The original wine cellar and manor house dating back to 1783 was refurbished and expanded and opened at a formal ceremony on Monday night. Perfect Wines of SA, a partnership between Hein Koegelenberg of Leopard's Leap and La Motte and Perfect China purchased the wine cellar and 25ha wine farm in a landmark deal in 2013, which will see it become the focus of the huge wine export market to the far east. In 2013 Perfect China imported more than 3 million bottles of South African wine.

      Delegates enjoyed traditional South African entertainment, traditional Cape Wineland food and of course wines from the L'Huguenot cellar. Former President De Klerk welcomes the Chinese delegates and listed the achievements of South Africa since democracy and painted a positive picture about its future and assured the directors of Perfect China that their sizable investment are in good hands.

      Mr & Mrs Martin Venter & Hein Koegelenberg

      Hein Koegelenberg, Mr Woo Swee Lian, Andre Dempers, Richard Kennard, Mr Steven Hsu

      Ryk Neethling, Gesie van Deventer & Hein Koegelenberg

      Mr Hein Koegelenberg with Mr FW de Klerk and Mr & Mrs Alan Winde

      Mr Hein Koegelenberg, Mrs Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, Mr & Mrs FW de Klerk toast

      Mr Hein Koegelenberg, Mrs Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg, Mr & Mrs FW de Klerk, Mr Woo Swee Lian




    • Experience the Val de Vie 4x4 Trail with Jeep

      Posted on April 3, 2014 by Admin

      4x4 enthusiasts have the unique opportunity to test drive the latest range of Jeep model at Val de Vie's amazing new 4x4 trail. Either bring your 4x4 or book a test drive in the Jeep Wrangler. It's sure to be an exciting outdoor event!

      The Market at Val de Vie will also be in full swing, so be sure to swing by and enjoy the fresh foods, beautiful goods and fun family activities.

      Book today by emailing jacques@rolagrp.co.za or call 021 840 1726.


    • The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 caught on camera

      Posted on April 1, 2014 by Admin

      We love this video of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 by KOLLIG TV, which beautifully sums up the glamour, luxury and excitement of this prestigious event.


    • Lezanne and Andre's wedding at Val de Vie

      Posted on March 31, 2014 by Admin

      Lezanne and Andre celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie and we are delighted to share some photos of their big day, taken by the talented Charl Smith. View more photos on Agape Studio's website.


    • Jen Su visits the 4th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014

      Posted on March 31, 2014 by Admin

      5FM and SABC 3 Hollywood reporter Jen Su attended the 4th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 which was held at Val de Vie Estate. People Magazine has all the details about her experience of the event, from rubbing shoulders with celebs such as Roxy Louw, Jeannie D and Locnville to checking out the latest trends worn by the fashionable crowd. We look forward to seeing you again next year, Jen Su!


    • DSTV Presents The UB40 SA Tour Ft. Ali Campbell, Giving Fans More Than Just Music

      Posted on March 27, 2014 by Admin

      JOHANNESBURG VIP TICKETS SOLD OUT

      HEART 104.9 FM AND KAYA FM TO GIVEAWAY A SIGNED UB40 GUITAR TO THEIR BIGGEST UB40 FAN

      With just over a week to go until UB40, featuring the original voice of Ali Campbell, perform live in Cape Town and Johannesburg, concert goers have been warming up their vocal chords to sing along to the hit songs of the legendary group. VIP tickets in Johannesburg have officially sold out and only a few of Cape Town’s VIP tickets are left.

      The two shows will be hosted by popular personalities from radio media partners Heart 104.9 FM in Cape Town and Kaya FM 95.9 in Johannesburg, bringing their beat and flavour to the shows for fans to enjoy. Heart 104.9 FM will also be doing an outside broadcast at Val De Vie Estate, connecting fans directly to the concert experience. Not only will they have loads of great giveaways at the events, Heart 104.9 FM and Kaya FM 95.9 will also be giving away a signed limited edition UB40 guitar on air over the next week to one lucky fan from each city. Tune in to Heart 104.9 FM in Cape Town and Kaya FM 95.9 in Johannesburg to hear how you can stand a chance of winning this outstanding prize, along with tickets to the concert.

      The beautiful settings of Val De Vie Estate in Paarl and Emmarentia Dam in Joburg will be the perfect backdrops for what promises to be fun-filled concert experiences for the family. Both shows will feature a special appearance from the iconic Mango Groove along with Hot Water and Trenton & Free Radical in Cape Town, and Freshlyground and Michael Lowman in Joburg. Ali Campbell, the original voice of UB40, along with Astro and Mickey, will perform hit songs like ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Kingston Town” and ‘I Got You, Babe’, which have made them a household name across the globe.

      Get your tickets now to one of the most talked about tours to hit South Africa in 2014 and be a part of UB40’s world tour.

      Please note: Picnic baskets with food and snacks are allowed into the venues but absolutely no liquids or drinks whatsoever.

      CAPE TOWN LINE-UP:

      UB40 ft Ali Campbell, Mango Groove, Hot Water, Trenton & the Free Radical

      Gates open: 15h30 in Cape Town and at 11h30 in Joburg
      Concert starts: 17h45 in Cape Town and 12h00 in Joburg
      Concert ends: 23h00 in Cape Town and 18h00 in Joburg
      Duration: 07hours 30 mins in Cape Town and 06 hours 30 mins in Joburg

      Tickets:  General Admission: R395 VIP: R1495

      Friday 4 April

      Cape Town: http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=409563846

      Follow UB40 SA Tour on Facebook for further announcements, and listen out to Heart 104.9 FM and Kaya FM 95.9. Keep an eye on their social pages and website for more information on the events.

      #UB40SA
      #DStvUB40

      LINKS

      https://www.facebook.com/UB40TourSouthAfrica
      https://www.youtube.com/weareseed1

      https://twitter.com/SeedExperiences
      http://www.1049.fm/

      http://www.facebook.com/Heart104.9FM

      http://www.youtube.com/user/HeartFM1049
      https://twitter.com/Heart1049FM

      UB40 links:

      http://ub40.org/
      https://www.facebook.com/WeAreUB40
      https://twitter.com/WeAreUB40


    • How Ryk Neethling became a businessman (and turned down R50m along the way)

      Posted on March 26, 2014 by Admin

      Bruce Whitfield talks to Olympic gold medallist Ryk Neethling about his journey from Olympic gold medallist and world record holder to prosperous property developer. Read the full interview below, or listen to it on Mattr.biz.

      “My father’s name is also ‘Ryk’. We’re a bunch of optimists,” jokes Olympic gold medallist turned property developer Ryk Neethling.

      Ryk Neethling wasn’t always “ryk” (literally meaning “rich” in Afrikaans). “It was never my ambition to become a professional swimmer. All I ever wanted was to go to the Olympics and, when I went to my first one, I wanted to win a medal. I dreamt of swimming and studying in America.”

      All that changed in 2004. Ryk was soon to become very, very “ryk” indeed.

      Neethling’s soul not for sale

      “It was going to be my last Olympics. I quit once already and 2004 was going to be my last shot.” Then, in three minutes and 13 seconds, he smashed the world record and everythingchanged. There was to be no quitting for Neethling.

      “I had nothing before that,” says Neethling. “I received $250 a month from four businessmen – that was the only support I had – so I had $1000 a month. I did it purely for the love of it and for myself. I put it all on the line and did it to the best of ability.”

      His best was more than enough. Agents and sponsors burst from the woodwork, yet Neethling was not dazzled by dollar signs. In 2005 he was offered R50-million to swim for Qatar, an offer he turned down.

      “I was at my peak and the South African flag on my swimsuit and on my cap made the difference between where I used to be and where I was,” says the patriotic Neethling. “I was never going to give that up.”

      Property in Neethling’s blood

      Property has always been in Neethling’s blood. He did a realtor certificate in Arizona and nowadays he’s a director and major shareholder at Valde Vie Estate, a big polo lifestyle estate just outside of Paarl.

      “It’s going really well at Val de Vie. Last year we had 130 sales and we’re pretty much sold out.”

      Neethling is also bottling his own wine under the Val de Vie label and recently did a huge export deal to China. “The wine business in South Africa is tough – there are so many big players – but it’s a very good wine and so far it’s worked for us.”

      In addition to real estate and wine Neethling also owns four swimming academies. “It’s a nice little business and it feels really good to give back. But, for me, it’s more about seeing a kid swimming a length for the first time than seeing one of my swimmers win a gold medal.”

      Neethling is Cameron van der Burgh’s commercial manager. “I get him sponsorships and I mentor him. I’ve been through it all, so I give him advice on how to act and where to go and what not to do. He makes me very nervous when he does things like face Dale Steyn at the Wanderers, but it’s mostly a pleasure to be his manager.”

      Western Cape increasingly attractive to upcountry buyers

      “You should see some of the homes that are selling here in Cape Town!” exclaims Neethling. “It’s astonishing. Our market can easily shake off rising interest rates, so we’re looking to develop quite a bit more land. Everything is working for us.

      “Here in the Western Cape we don’t have potholes and people are coming down here in droves. More than half our buyers come from Gauteng and we don’t foresee this changing.

      “It’s looking very good in the Western Cape; things work. It’s a recipe of good schools, it’s safe and in about four hours you can be in Sandton and you can do your business. I am very excited about our future.”


    • All that glitters: Add some sparkle to your wedding day

      Posted on March 24, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Just like a twinkling diamond ring, there's something so gorgeous about adding a dash of shine to your wedding decor. The Val de Vie Events team loves how glittering textures add a sense of glamour and fun at the same time. Just remember, the key to this look is subtlety: don't make every square inch sparkle, rather use shiny elements as accents.

      Sequins and Swarovski crystals make beautiful embellishments on dresses or accessories, while a glittered pair of heels looks absolutely magical. Jazz up table settings with these elements too, from the napkin rings and runners to the hems of tablecloths.

      Food can also get the sparkly treatments. Imagine marshmallows dipped in sugar crystals, or perhaps silver cupcake sprinkles. There are many ways to bring the look to life, so sparkle on!


    • Heinz Winckler is coming to the Market at Val de Vie!

      Posted on March 20, 2014 by Admin

      Join us on Sunday 13 April for another wonderful day of delicious food, beautiful wares, fun family activities and great entertainment. The Market at Val de Vie is always a wonderful day out and on Sunday 13 April is promises to be even better with Heinz Winckler's musical talent. We can't wait!


    • Mmm... we love mini cakes

      Posted on March 19, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      These gorgeous mini cakes were created by the ever so talented Maggie from Edible Art for Simone and Nick's wedding on 8 March 2014.

      We think that the cakes make the perfect personalised thank you gift - they can be made in a multitude of colours and styles. Of course, they taste incredible too!


    • Here's to chic corporate cocktail parties

      Posted on March 14, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Daiquiris that delight, scenery that enchants, canapes that can't be resisted...  A chic cocktail function at Val de Vie is a great way to entertain clients and treat them to something truly unique. Sip on a delicious drink while watching an exciting polo match, or simply sit back and enjoy the beautiful views of the polo fields and vast mountains.

      Contact us at events@valdevie.co.za or 021 863 6100 for more information.


    • Lacy loveliness

      Posted on March 13, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      There is no easier way to add a romantic touch to a wedding than with beautiful lace. Add lace detailing to your dress or veil, or perhaps don a pair of feminine lacy shoes. We love the idea of wrapping lace around jars as a pretty decor element. You could also tie lace around your bouquet, or wear a delicate headband.


    • A few of my favourite things

      Posted on March 12, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen


      "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
      Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
      Brown paper packages tied up with strings
      These are a few of my favourite things!"

      We all know that catchy song from The Sound of Music, so here are a few of my favourite things: gardens weddings, a colourful burst of fresh flowers, beautiful trees and a romantic celebration that carries on late into the night.


    • The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2014 on video

      Posted on March 12, 2014 by Admin

      The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2014 was a great success, celebrating the finer things in life: polo, French Champagne, luxurious Bentley cars, high fashion and delectable food. This video showcases the event, we can't wait for next year!


    • Carnival Games brings fun for the kids this weekend

      Posted on March 12, 2014 by Admin

      There's so much fun for little ones at the upcoming Market at Val de Vie, which takes place this Sunday between 10am and 3pm.

      Carnival Games will be offering a range of exciting games and activities for kids to enjoy, such as bulls eye, ring toss, a spinning wheel and more! Be sure to bring the whole family along and be part of the fun.


    • Be bright and bold

      Posted on March 11, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Add a fresh, modern twist to a corporate event with this lively colour palette. Acid green, pink, yellow and aqua make a striking combination that will spruce up your decor in a flash.


    • Val de Vie Wines at the Cape Wine Auction

      Posted on March 11, 2014 by Admin

      The Cape Wine Auction is the South African wine industry’s annual charity wine auction. It's an opportunity to raise a significant charitable fund, as well as an anxiously awaited must-attend social event with an admirable raison détre. Guests can expects a gastronomic banquet celebrating all that is great about our wine industry. The Cape Wine Auction is an event to unite the industry around a common charitable initiative: a global branding opportunity for South African wine; a showcase; a memorable party.

      The Auction will be a glamorous lunchtime affair on March 15th 2014 held at the magnificent Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch, during the most beautiful month of the year. Expect guests to be dressed beautifully in their best summer finery. Iconic South African winemakers and an A-list culinary team lead by Grandes Chef Margot Janse will mingle with guests during a day of indulgence and fun.

      Auction lots will focus on wine experiences. Special wines not available to the public, winery experiences and personal interactions with top chefs and winemakers in incredible locations.

      The Val de Vie Estate Lot

      Val de Vie boasts one of the most spectacular Polo fields in the southern hemisphere. Here polo enthusiasts from all over the globe gather to battle it out on the field, in the most glamorous and oldest of horse sports in the world. In addition to the world-class Polo facility, Val de Vie also boasts a state of the art wine cellar, and wine made by their resident Olympian, Ryk Neethling.

      Ryk Neethling is a world famous South African swimmer. He won an Olympic gold medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He is the former joint owner of the 4×100 m freestyle relay world record and holds several South African records.

      The bidder and seven guests will be treated to an incredible VIP wine and polo extravaganza at Val de Vie. Guests will start the polo experience with a Champagne breakfast at the beautiful Val de Vie Estate before learning the intricacies of the game from the resident professional Kevin Rixon. Guests will also have a chance to try out the game themselves under the tutelage of Kevin.

      Guests will then be treated to a VIP experience at the Veuve Cliquot Masters Polo for an afternoon of exhilarating equine sport. Polo is a true testament to man and beast working in harmony, and watching these brave horses and skilled players in a fast and dramatic game is always spectacular.

      After the Polo, guests will be taken to the newly built and very impressive wine cellar, where winemaker Harold Versfeld with take them through a vertical tasting of The Ryk Neethling and Shiraz. After this guests will have dinner in the wine cellar, hosted by Ryk and Harold, to end their exhilarating day at Val de Vie.

      The Lot Details

      • A private box for 8 people at Veuve Cliquot Masters Polo 2015 at Val de Vie
      • A Champagne breakfast
      • A polo tutorial with Kevin Rixon
      • A vertical tasting of the Ryk Neethling and Shiraz
      • A dinner with Ryk Neethling and Harold Versfeld

      Online bidding is now LIVE!

      Start the bidding early, place a bid for this lot by visiting The Cape Wine Auction Website.


    • Clair and Jason's wedding

      Posted on March 10, 2014 by Admin

      Clair and Jason celebrated their beautiful wedding on 21 December 2013 at Val de Vie Estate. We were delighted to have been a part of their big day, which was a relaxed and joyful occasion. Clair and Jason are a wonderful couple and we wish them much happiness in their life together.


    • Don't miss the Market at Val de Vie this weekend!

      Posted on March 10, 2014 by Admin

      This Sunday it's time for the Market at Val de Vie, which always promises to have fun for the whole family. Held on the Polo Pavilion’s terraces, the market showcases some of the region’s finest local produce. Visitors can discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoy sunshine, smiles and a festive atmosphere.

      Irresistible foods, stands present a variety of delicious homemade fare, ranging from oysters, pies and gourmet delicacies to decadent sweet treats. There's no shortage of refreshment either, with seven drink stations selling wines, bubbly, local beers and fresh juices.

      Beautiful clothes, jewellery and homeware are also on sale, lovingly made by specially selected vendors from across the winelands. Apart from the all the tempting goods on offer, there's something for everyone at the market. Patrons are entertained by an exciting game of polo, chocolate and bubbly pairings by Pongracz and live music. Children are treated to a variety of fun activities with new surprises at every Market.

      If you'd like more information, please email events@valdevie.co.za.


    • JobVine interviews Ryk Neethling

      Posted on March 10, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie's Marketing Director Ryk Neethling recently spoke to JobVine about his Olympic achievements, business career and hopes for South Africa in the future. The interview highlights Ryk's passion for charity and how he hopes to inspire our youth to dream big and reach their goals.

      Click here to view the original interview.

      Inspiring a Nation: Ryk Neethling

      Take us back to how you felt when you felt representing South Africa in the Olympics?

      I went to four Olympics, so each Olympics for me was a different experience – my first Olympics I was eighteen years old – It was always my dream to be an Olympian, and I looked forward to it to finally happen, I really was a kid still, but a kid in a candy store, like Wow! Just an amazing experience. My second Olympics, had very high expectations and hopes I was ranked top 3 in the world in 3 events and there was a lot of pressure on me and I probably didn’t handle it that well. My third Olympics, I quit after my second Olympics, and my third one was going to be my Swan song and I wanted to do it for the right reasons, I didn’t want to end like I did in 2000 being disappointed. We obviously won a gold medal there so I have very fond memories in that one and then in the last one was probably just after my ‘past my sell buy date’ (laughs) you know you feel a little bit old and didn’t have a great experience so everyone is different, but all in all it was a great experience and I’m very proud in the way that I represented the country throughout my career.

      What were the biggest challenges in your swimming career, and how did you overcome them?

      I think you’re biggest challenges is to get faster so you have to push yourself consistently, as you improve the rest of the world is also improving so it’s how to balance your own goals with competing against other guys as well. To always keep on improving, it wasn’t a challenge for me but it is an important thing for anyone to never be satisfied with the status quo to see how they can always improve them. Motivation for me was never really an issue, it was probably in fact a drawback as I would over train cause I was so eager and I was never afraid to work too hard. So not too many challenges – obviously, coming from South Africa you’ve got funding issues and politics, not politics as far as a race, politics more within an organisation and people playing favourites.

      Being that swimming is not big focus in our country compared to other sports, what ideas or thoughts do you have in making swimming a prioritized sport in South Africa?

      I think the relative success in the last couple of years has really lifted the profile of the sport. I think we are always going to struggle – it’s never going to be one of the main sports and we got other problems in this country that is not going to go away soon so it won’t be a priority. But I think there’s ways to improve it and I think you have to use your competitive advantage and not manage the sport like we are America or Australia, we are South Africa and we need to almost be like the ‘guerrilla warfare’ we need to be smart and use our lack of size just like a business, make quick decisions and think out of the box.

      You are a mentor to a couple of the young swimming stars, what is the most valued lesson you’ve given to one of them?

      You’ll have to ask them that! I mean there are a couple of things obviously when one thing that relates to sport is just the pressure: only talk about yourself to the media, I deal a lot with how to deal with the media so don’t talk about other people, don’t give your opponents or other people any extra motivation. Focus on yourself and try to keep that pressure as low as possible – you know you don’t want to go making big statements and then the pressure is on you, it’s always better to be the underdog. I think the other one is – you always have to over-deliver especially when it comes to sponsors, and just to the public, just being good at something is not going to translate into financial success…you have to go that extra mile in order to build a fan base and sign autographs till the very last person and take pictures (you have to!)

      Who are your role models and why?

      I think my father is probably my biggest role model, I think the way that he was able to balance his priorities which was his family number one and also being a successful lawyer so that for me has been important. And there’s one or two sportsmen that translated their success on the sports field onto business like Francois Pienaar. There are not too many of those guys who translated and that were more successful than they were on the sports field. So I’ll say my dad and Francois Pienaar are two of the main ones.

      You have managed to make a successful transition from swimming to business, was pursuing business ventures always something of interest?

      Probably not when I was eighteen and nineteen years old. I had some ideas when I was younger, little businesses but I was very focused on my swimming and at my studies at the time I just wanted to get through school and university. But I think, as I got a bit older I started to get more interested in business, I don’t really come from a family of entrepreneurs or businessmen, you know my dad is a lawyer and most of the people of my family are lawyers my uncles and cousins, so it’s something that I’ve just kind of discovered and it’s something that I really enjoy.

      Having the role of Marketing Director as well as proud shareholder of Val De Vie Estate, what was important to you while building up the Val De Vie brand?

      I think first and foremost you have to have a passion for it and believe in it. I don’t know if this is your first time here? (Val de Vie Estate)…it’s beautiful, there’s a special feeling to it, in my opinion there’s a calmness about it – that’s why I like it. I like the people who I work with and I’ve kind of made the brand, also my own, I’ve really invested a lot in it, so the values have to be the same as I see a future for it so that’s why I’ve put so much time, effort and passion into it.

      Once again you have made South Africa proud with Val De Vie Estate winning an award for Best Single Unit Residential Development, how does it feel to have your property internationally recognized?

      It feels really good, we actually had one of the judges, the head judge of the panel here on Friday, he was just on holiday in South Africa and he came and was blown away. My challenge is always how to capture this view and this feeling on a brochure or even a video – it’s hard you know. When you come out here, it’s like ‘Wow – I didn’t know it was like this’. So it’s nice to be able to get a bit of recognition, as a competitive guy, I want to win the best in the world not just in Africa so I told him, I was like “I’m not going to stop until I get the best in the world”. People always ask me if I miss the swimming…not really because I’ve translated that competitive element into business.

      You are involved in quite a few projects, how do you cope with time management?

      I think one of the things that swimming really teaches you from an early age is how to manage your time. I learned very early on that if I have two-three hours a day to do all my homework that I can get it done – the times that I was sick or took a break from swimming, I had all day to do it and I wouldn’t get it done. So I operate very well under pressure. I have a lot on my plate at the moment; my balance in life is probably not the best. I enjoy taking on a lot of stuff and in my opinion everything that I do is focused on a goal. If it means that I have to work 18 hours a day, I’m not usually in the office for 18 hours but I’m always moving towards something – doing interviews, meeting people, always generating new business so it’s a constant thing for me.

      After that you have achieved in swimming, property development, charity work as well as establishing a swimming school; are there any other ventures that you would like to tap into in the near future?

      I think for me at the moment, there’s nothing really on the property development side, we’re expanding the Estate which is very exciting so I definitely want to focus on that. I definitely want to go back to university and go study some more so that is probably my biggest thing at the moment. How do I package all the things that I’m busy with now so that it gives me enough time to go back to university, that’s probably the biggest venture now and that I’m excited about.

      You have committed yourself to township projects such as “Hope Through Action” and given time working with young patients from Red Cross Children’s Hospital and Tygerburg Hospital – how important is it that those with a celebrity status give back in South Africa?

      I think it’s very important, for me it’s probably the best thing to be well-known, I hate the word ‘celebrity’ but to be able to make a difference I think this country gives you a very unique platform from where every single person can make a difference just by giving some of your time and be able to give some effort. I believe that you must be giving something back because life can change just like that, so you must take advantage of all your opportunities and also help those that are less fortunate – it’s very important.

      If you could envision one change in South Africa for the next generation, what would you hope it to be?

      There are a lot of talks at schools; I think it would be ‘to dream big’. We are capable to do amazing things here in South Africa, we shouldn’t stand back for anybody in the world, but also to realize that in order to do that takes an incredible amount of work and sacrifice. It doesn’t come easy, what we have at the moment came through years and years of hard work and I’m a bit concerned sometimes that maybe the people that look onto portals and they think they are just going to walk into a job and just my own story, the chances I’ve taken in my career and worked for nothing for long periods of time – I would do stuff for free just to get my foot into the door, I think that’s something that’s overlooked sometimes and that also failure – I think it’s alright to fail, you know if you’re not going to fail, you never know what you are capable of so don’t be afraid of failure; just make sure that you learn out of it and come back stronger and just know on the way to success there’s going to be more failures than successes. If you don’t fail, you are not trying hard enough.

      Ryk at the One Young World summit with Francois Pienaar, Borris Becker, Lucas Radebe, Ashwin Willemse and John Barns.

      Swimming is more than a sport, it's a lifeskill. A passion for the South african Youth inspired the founding of the Ryk Neethling Swimming Schools.

      Partnering with Hein Koegelenberg in the Chinese joint venture, Perfect Wines from South Africa.

      Ride with Sir Richard Branson


    • Acoustic Element will add musical magic to the Market at Val de Vie

      Posted on March 6, 2014 by Admin

      Local duo Acoustic Element will be providing awesome musical entertainment at the next Val de Vie Market on 16 March 2014.

      Cousins Callen Petersen and Jody Abel have combined their musical talents, boasting a diverse repertoire and the ability to adapt their genre to suit any desired style and taste.

      Since their relatively recent arrival on the Cape Town entertainment scene, Acoustic Element has performed alongside some of the City’s hottest performers, including Jimmy Nevis, Auriol Hays and Chad Saaiman.

      With their unique charisma and flair, Acoustic Element is sure to give an event that ‘something extra’ to make it an unforgettable experience! Be sure not to miss them at the market,


    • Tanya and Kasper's wedding

      Posted on March 5, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Events Full Coordination was absolutely delighted to coordinate the wedding of Kasper and Tanya at the luxurious La Residence in Franschhoek. 30 guests attended the wedding, forming a very special and intimate celebration. Tanya looked radiant in a gown made by Kobus Dippenaar.

      The beauty and happiness of the day took our breath away - what a stunning couple they are! We wish them much love and happiness in their future together.

      View more photos on Rensche Mari's website, or watch the amazing wedding video below by Vision on Fire.

      Tanya & Kasper // La Residence from Ian Badenhorst on Vimeo.


    • Tanya Van Graan dazzles at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014

      Posted on March 4, 2014 by Admin

      These photos of Tanya Van Graan capture how gorgeous she looked at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014. We adore her modern yellow dress paired with nude heels and a chic up-do.


    • A light-hearted look at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014

      Posted on March 4, 2014 by Admin

      The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2014 was attended by a host of celebs, VIPS and fashionable folk. We love Skattie, what are you wearing?'s witty write-up of the event, which hilariously satirises all the small talk, shoulder rubbing and people watching.

      So lovely to have seen you there, Malibongwe!

      Image courtesy of Skattie, what are you wearing?


    • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 Cape Town sets a new benchmark

      Posted on March 4, 2014 by Admin

      Synonymous with flutes of champagne and exquisite couture fashion, local and international guests of the fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 attended this past Saturday, 01 March 2014, what has now become South Africa’s most exclusive polo and luxury lifestyle event on the annual social calendar. With notable VIP’s in attendance such as The Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula, Tokyo Sexwale and world land-speed record holder Andy Green, along with local celebrities Cindy Nell, Jimmy Nevis, Tanya van Graan, international super model Katryn Kruger and fashion icons David Tlale, Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriel du Toit, guests enjoyed an afternoon of stylish décor, perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne and gourmet canapés.

      In keeping with tradition, Bentley was both Associate Sponsor and Official Vehicle Partner at this year’s Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 and hosted the world land speed record holder, Wing Commander Andy Green as their special guest in their VIP Lounge. Showcasing their flagship luxury performance automobile, the Bentley Mulsanne as well as their recently launched Bentley Flying Spur, it was the new Bentley GT Speed convertible parked side by side with two rare Bentley Blowers on the day which stole the show.

      Drawing inspiration from polo’s global presence, with its rich cultural heritage, the prestigious champagne house sponsors some of the world’s leading polo events such as the Manhattan Classic in New York City, the LA Polo Classic, the UK’s Gold Cup and the Veuve Clicquot Masters Cape Town, is the only event of its kind on the African continent and draws both local and international spectators in numbers.

      D’Oré, the Official Fashion Partner for the day, showcased some of the world’s top luxury fashion brands such as Emilio Pucci, Escada, Cavalli, Armani Collezione, Rupert Sanderson, Elie Tahari, Herve Leger and Vanessa G in a quintessential runway show.

      Global prestige Beauty Sponsor, Elizabeth Arden Inc. kept guests of the annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 beautified all day long. With Elizabeth Arden ‘Beautiful Colour’ touch-up stations and their team of expert makeup artists, guests were treated to a truly prestigious beauty experience. Committed to the concept of holistic beauty, Elizabeth Arden ensured everyone was beautiful from the inside out with a Prevage anti-oxidant bar on the day for guests to enjoy.

      Redkin and The Cutting Room provided expertly styled hair for the D'Ore models and key celebrity and VIP guests on the day.

      Official Time Keeper for the polo, Breitling for Bentley, showcased a timeless collection born from a cross between the grand art of British car making and the finest Swiss watch making traditions. Avouching a new art of living, Breitling for Bentley is the most trusted when it comes to their unique blend of elegance and performance, power and style, sportiness and refinement.

      More than any other sport, polo is best savoured live with all eyes fixed on the games of polo played on the day. With an added opening exhibition match, a first for the tournament and the final 8-goal tournament comprising of top local and international players, play was organised by HRH Prince Malik Ado-Ibrahim of Nigeria and saw the day’s nail biting finish with winning team Veuve Clicquot, captained by Johan du Plooy, narrowly beating team Nigus with a 6/5 victory.

      Watch out for more photos of the event on our blog!


    • Corporate events get chic at Val de Vie

      Posted on March 3, 2014 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Who says that corporate events are dull and dreary? Val de Vie can coordinate slick and stylish corporate events that have a real wow factor.

      Planning a year end function? Imagine sipping on exotic cocktails on our expansive terrace that overlooks the lush polo fields. For something more formal, we can create spectacular gala dinners with custom menus and dazzling decor.

      Contact us at events@valdevie.co.za or 021 863 6100 for more information.


    • Angela and Dino's wedding

      Posted on March 3, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Angela and Dino held their wedding at Val de Vie on 22 February 2014 and it was wonderful to host this special couple. They had a beautiful Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony which was very special to see.

      Something that we loved were the personalised paddle fans were created by Secret Diary Designs, which complemented the cream and gold colour scheme. Watch out for more photos from the big day.


    • Katie and Aidan's wedding

      Posted on February 27, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Katie & Aidan celebrated their wedding day at Val de Vie on a sunny Wednesday in December.

      Katie’s love for horses made Val de Vie her dream wedding venue. She has been show jumping since she was five years old.

      Although Katie was unfortunately not feeling well on the day, she was very brave and stepped out of her bridal villa looking breathtaking in her princess-style gown and dazzling gold shoes.

      The ceremony was made even more special with the presence of Katie’s two Horses, Corsica and Paris, who stood alongside the couple. Their manes were beautifully braided with fresh flowers.

      The horses provided quite a few funny moments when they realised that they could eat the flowers off each other’s hair! After the second batch of flowers and the Grooms keeping them apart for a while, all worked out well in the end

      Stunning décor and flowers was masterfully conceptualised by Nico Laubscher from Nconcepts & Designs.

      Here are some beautiful photos taken by the amazing Tracy Robertson Photography.


    • Sexy silver

      Posted on February 27, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Silver is often used as sparkly, feminine accent in decor schemes. In contrast, we love this sexy, grown-up interpretation of silver. It's all about heavy metals, deep greys and subtle shine.


    • Classic vintage glamour

      Posted on February 26, 2014 by Admin

      For the ultimate in sophistication, you can't top the glamour of a classic vintage theme. Pure crystal glasses, real French lace, perfectly tailored tuxedos and classic silhuoettes are just some of the things that create a send of occasion and timeless style.


    • Pop of colour

      Posted on February 25, 2014 by Admin

      We love the simplicity and elegance of a neutral colour palette, but it can be fun to jazz things up a bit. Add a cheerful pop of colour through bold accessories and decor items. It's a playful and quirky way to inject some fun into your style.


    • UB40 featuring Ali Campbell

      Posted on February 25, 2014 by Admin

      This statement serves to confirm that Seed Experiences is bringing the famous sound of UB40 to South Africa in April 2014.  The band will play on Friday 4 April 2014 at Val de Vie Estate in Paarl and on Saturday 5 April 2014 at Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg.

      It is well known that the famous frontman and voice of UB40, lead singer Ali Campbell left the band in 2008 along with Micky Virtue. Additional band member, Astro (Terence Wilson), left in 2013.  In January 2014 these three members from the original band announced that they had reunited to perform live and to record new music under the name of UB40 and in the spirit of the original music.  This is the tour that is coming to South Africa and is officially billed as UB40 as per the contract with their leading and reputable global booking agent.

      Seed Experiences would also like to confirm that they are aware of another band in the UK, made up of the other remaining members, that still performs under the name of UB40. This band performs without the legendary voice of Ali Campbell, Astro or Micky Virtue.

      It has been brought to our attention that there is now a name dispute between the bands, which Seed Experiences is leaving the artists to settle directly and does not affect the SA Tour going ahead as planned.

      For additional information please contact Manuela de Deus at One-eyed Jack.
      Manuela@one-eyedjack.co.za
      +27 78 531 1291.


    • Happy house warmings

      Posted on February 24, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Moving house is always a big event, and a house warming is the perfect way to celebrate a new home. We love this housewarming invitation, which is made out of colourful paint swatches. It's the perfect way to invite family and friends to your new home.


    • The finest flavours: Catering for corporate events

      Posted on February 24, 2014 by Admin

      Tempting ingredients, mouthwatering recipes, sumptuous colours and textures... who can resist a feast of beautifully prepared food? The Polo Club Restaurant can cater for corporate functions, offering creative and delectable menus that are sure to satisfy any taste and appetite.

      Click here to read more about the Polo Club Restaurant, or to find out more about corporate functions please visit the events section on our website.


    • What are you wearing to the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters?

      Posted on February 24, 2014 by Admin

      It's the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters this Saturday at Val de Vie Estate and we can't wait! This prestigious event is synonymous with fashion, exciting polo action and enjoying the finer things in life.

      If you don't have tickets yet, you can buy them online at Computicket.

      Still planning your outfit? Here's some fabulous fashion inspiration.


    • Monique and Nick's wedding

      Posted on February 17, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Val de Vie Coordinator Nadia only met Monique and Nick shortly before their wedding, due to the couple living abroad. In spite of this, they all instantly clicked and it was a real pleasure to plan their big day for them.

      Their wedding day was very special and Monique took breaths away in her dazzling satin gown.

      Family and friends from all over the world witnessed the couple saying “I do” in an intimate outdoor ceremony. After this they celebrated with the newlyweds at the elegant reception in our French ballroom.

      Both Nick and Monique’s personalities were the inspiration for the décor, which portrayed their shared love for travel. The stationery was designed and made by the beautiful bride herself, including the polo-themed table names which had titles such as Chukka, High Goal and Ponies.

      It was an honour to be a part of this special couple’s day and we wish them only the best for their new life in Australia.


    • Happy Valentines Day from Val de Vie

      Posted on February 14, 2014 by Elsje Human

      We wish you a happy Valentines Day! May it it be filled with love, smiles and happiness.


    • Jani and Gerhard’s Wedding

      Posted on February 12, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      Val de Vie Full Coordination had the privilege to be part of Jani and Gerhard’s Wedding day on 28 December 2013.

      The couple had been looking forward to their special day for a year and not even the rain in the morning could dampen their excitement.

      They pledged their vows in the spectacular Toringkerk in Paarl, together with family and friends who flew from far and wide to be there. Afterwards everyone made their way to the Val de Vie for pre-drinks, canapes and an action-packed polo game on the Champions Field.

      The couple opened the game by throwing in the Ball. Then it was time for family and couple photos to be taken.

      Not long after that, the reception followed in the French Ballroom. Guests feasted their eyes on a stunning four tier wedding cake made by Wade and a mouth-watering sugar station from Chic Sugar. Soundprint provided lively musical entertainment.

      So much detail and thought went into the theme, which Jani had dreamed of for a long time. It was all pulled together by the beautiful faded purple stationery from Secret Diary and the décor and flowers from NConcepts and Design.

      Once everyone had enjoyed a scrumptious starter, guests listened to several hilarious and very special speeches. After that it was time to savour main course, a mouth-watering lamb shank.

      The dance floor was opened in style with the couple dancing around their floor decal monogram. A beautiful shower of white and silver confetti fell over them.

      Much to everyone's delight, the sugar and dessert station was opened. Guests could indulge on an array of sweet treats and pack some into a box to enjoy later.

      It was an absolute honour to have known and worked with Jani & Gerhard and to be part of their special day. We wish them only the best for their future!

      Also a very big thank you to Mrs Greeff who planned with us and gave such valued input. You are all like family now

      Then this day could not have been possible without the amazing skills and talent of all the service providers; a very big thank you to all:


    • Chris and Sone's engagement shoot

      Posted on February 10, 2014 by Admin

      We are blown away by this gorgeous engagement shoot! Inecke Photography took these striking engagement photos of Chris and Sone. We love the urban setting that uses the buzz of Cape Town city life as a backdrop. Chris and Sone look fantastic together and we can't wait for the big day!

      View more images on Inecke's website.








    • The Olivelli fashion show extravanganza

      Posted on February 10, 2014 by Admin

      Olivelli is hosting their first fashion show extravanganza! Olivelli will showcase 50 wedding dresses, their bridesmaid range, their mother of the bride range and their evening wear range. Only A-grade models. They will also have something for the men – four A grade models in suits and styling by Rozanne from Moi Styling. The event is on 9 March at Val de Vie Estate with high tea and polo match included. After the event, all the brides will have the opportunity to fit the dresses of their choice.

      The best attraction to the event are the giveaways – they will give away:
      · A Wedding Dress
      · Bridesmaid dresses
      · Mother of the bride outfit
      · Jo-Ann Stokes photography will give away a couple shoot/boudoir shoot (www.joannstokes.com)
      · Kathleen Barry will give away 2 accessory prizes (https://www.facebook.com/barrykathleen)
      · The SA Wedding Show will give away tickets to the SA Wedding Show coming in June 2014 (https://www.facebook.com/thesaweddingshow)

      For every person that sells 10 tickets to the event, you will give a free ticket. Prizes can only be won if you are present at the event. Booking can be done at the Olivelli Cape Town store in Willowbridge or via email by emailing natasha@olivellicapetown.co.za.


    • Johann and Janine win an indulgent stay at Val de Vie

      Posted on February 6, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate ran an exciting social media competition for all brides who celebrated their weddings at Val de Vie in the last two years. The winners were Johann and Janine Bensch, who tied the knot on 20 December 2012. The lucky couple and six of their friends received an indulgent stay at a Villa on the estate, along with a dinner experience courtesy of Val de Vie Events, The Polo Club Restaurant and Val de Vie Wines.

      The occasion started with the ladies being pampered by make-up artist Helga, while the guys enjoyed tasting Val de Vie’s award-winning wines at the estate’s tasting room.

      The guests were chauffeured in a vintage Rolls Royce to the Polo Club Restaurant, where a table had been specially styled by decor specialists N Concepts and Design and stationery experts Secret Diary Creative Concepts & Designs. Vinyl art by Supa Sign Paarl completed the decor.

      Guests enjoyed a delectable three-course dinner while sipping on Pongrácz. The meal concluded with guests being treated to delicate mini cakes by Edible Art Cakes. The experience will never be forgotten, having been beautifully captured on camera by Inecke Photography.

      To top it off, LEGACY LIFESTYLE gave 4000 Legacy Rands as well as a weekend stay in a luxury hotel for the couple to enjoy.

      What Johann and Janine thought of the experience:

      "For us to celebrate friendship and love at Val de Vie is always an exceptional experience. A lifestyle that feels like home, where we can relive the magic of our wedding day! Thank you Val de Vie & sponsors for our beautifully planned anniversary dinner! An atmosphere which cannot be described only to be enjoyed time and time again. See you soon!"
      - Johann & Janine Bensch


    • Don't miss the fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Master Polo 2014 Tournament

      Posted on February 6, 2014 by Admin


    • Sweet treats

      Posted on February 6, 2014 by Nadia Valentyn

      These gorgeous desserts made by Vanilla House Patisserie inspire us to make something sweet for the special people in our lives.

      It's not long until the 14th... What you are doing for Valentine’s day?


    • UB40 coming to Val de Vie in April!

      Posted on February 1, 2014 by Admin

      With more than 50 hit singles and record sales in excess of 70 million worldwide, UB40 remain one of the most successful bands of all time. Three of the founding members have reunited, including the original vocalist Ali Campbell, who is set to mesmerize audiences with his signature voice of the pop-reggae genre. Seed Experiences is bringing UB40 back to South Africa in April 2014 to perform two exclusive live shows in Paarl outside Cape Town and Johannesburg, presented by DStv.

      The Cape Town show takes place on Friday 4 April 2014 at the Val de Vie Estate, Paarl.

      DSTV is proud to come on board as media partner along with Heart FM as Cape Town radio partner, and to bring fans the band’s all time classics such as ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Kingston Town’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, which are known and adored across the world and sound as fresh today as they did when they were first released.

      One of the most commercially successful acts of all time in terms of record sales, chart positions and touring schedule, UB40’s simple formula of accessible reggae, catchy songs and electrifying live performances continues to draw massive crowds as they tour the world’s top venues in their fourth decade together.

      Tickets will be on sale for only R395 at Webtickets, click here to buy yours now!

      Also visit the tour's official Facebook page to keep up with the latest news.

      #UB40SA
      #DStvMusic


    • Val de Vie: The ultimate venue for corporate events

      Posted on January 29, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie is an exceptional venue for corporate functions, gala dinners and conferences.

      We understand that each event should offer the best possible experience for your clients or colleagues, which is why each corporate event is planned according to your unique needs.

      Our elegant ballroom, a truly luxurious venue, can comfortably accommodate 300 people for a seated dinner.

      From planning to execution, our onsite coordination team can assist with all arrangements, ensuring that your corporate event will turn out exactly how you want.

      To find out more, please contact Events@valdevie.co.za or visit our Corporate Events page.


    • Read all about the Western Province Triathlon Champs

      Posted on January 27, 2014 by Admin


    • Celebrating the success of the Western Province Triathlon Championships

      Posted on January 24, 2014 by Admin

      Val de Vie recently hosted the Western Province Triathlon Championships and the day proved to be a great success, enjoyed by athletes and spectators alike.

      Chris Hitchcock has written a fantastic article about the event that includes some wonderful feedback about Val de Vie:

      "The Val de Vie Estate in Paarl is simply stunning, with manicured lawns, perfect water quality and a secure environment for spectators and family. Val de Vie threw its doors wide, gave the athletes a huge welcoming smile and made a lot of friends."

      We were thrilled to be part of the Western Province Triathlon Championships and congratulate all who took part.

      Read the full article on Do it Now.


    • Picture perfect

      Posted on January 24, 2014 by Varety Da Silva

      Val de Vie is a unique setting as a photographic venue, offering a variety of locations within the estate. With its breathtaking scenery, Val de Vie has been featured in several publications including Private Edition and high profile campaigns for brands such as BMW.

      View some of the photo shoots that have taken place at the estate.


    • Life is peachy

      Posted on January 24, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Soft shades of peach make a deliciously beautiful and romantic decor scheme. Peach is warm and inviting, creating a welcoming ambience and a warm glow. It's stunning paired with rich creams, whites and even touches of green.


    • The Olivelli fashion show extravanganza is coming to Val de Vie!

      Posted on January 23, 2014 by Admin

      Olivelli is hosting their first fashion show extravanganza! Olivelli will showcase 50 wedding dresses, their bridesmaid range, their mother of the bride range and their evening wear range. Only A-grade models. They will also have something for the men – four A grade models in suits and styling by Rozanne from Moi Styling. The event is on 9 March at Val de Vie Estate with high tea and polo match included. After the event, all the brides will have the opportunity to fit the dresses of their choice.

      The best attraction to the event are the giveaways – they will give away:
      · A Wedding Dress
      · Bridesmaid dresses
      · Mother of the bride outfit
      · Jo-Ann Stokes photography will give away a couple shoot/boudoir shoot (www.joannstokes.com)
      · Kathleen Barry will give away 2 accessory prizes (https://www.facebook.com/barrykathleen)
      · The SA Wedding Show will give away tickets to the SA Wedding Show coming in June 2014 (https://www.facebook.com/thesaweddingshow)

      For every person that sells 10 tickets to the event, you will give a free ticket. Prizes can only be won if you are present at the event. Booking can be done at the Olivelli Cape Town store in Willowbridge or via email by emailing natasha@olivellicapetown.co.za.


    • Richard and Shardae's Wedding

      Posted on January 23, 2014 by Admin

      We are absolutely in awe of these beautiful photographs of Richard and Shardae's wedding. Taken by Ryan Graham, they illustrate what a joyful and magnificent day it was. By Appointment Coordination, our on and offsite coordination service, was honoured to have planned the occasion.

      View more photos on Ryan Graham's website: Part I | Part II


    • Ladies: Don't miss the Eve's Journey Event on 9 February 2014

      Posted on January 22, 2014 by Admin


    • Sunday Pony Rides at the Polo Club Restaurant

      Posted on January 21, 2014 by Admin

      Treat your little ones to fun pony rides  every Sunday at the Polo Club Restaurant. Visit between 11:00 – 16:00 and let them enjoy a ride on one of our friendly ponies.


    • Luxury Winter Wedding Special!

      Posted on January 21, 2014 by Admin

      Don’t miss out on this BESPOKE winelands winter wedding offer, book your winter dream day now and enjoy being driven around in a Vintage Rolls Royce on your big day.

      Also take advantage of a complimentary wedding consultation with one of our coordinating experts to make the planning a memorable experience.

      Contact us: events@valdevie.co.za


    • The 2014 WP Triathlon Champs

      Posted on January 20, 2014 by Admin

      The 2014 WP Triathlon Champs were held at Val de Vie yesterday and the event was a great success. Athletes were treated to perfect Summer weather and beautiful scenery as they completed the race.

      View more photos on Chris Hitchcock's Facebook page.






    • Pilates at Val de Vie

      Posted on January 17, 2014 by Admin

      Photographer Nadine Aucamp recently took some fantastic photos of a sunsrise Pilates class at the Val de Vie Health Club. The classes are an excellent way to tone up and develop core strength, be sure to visit our website to find out more about signing up.

      View more photos on Nadine's website.









    • Fran and James' Wedding

      Posted on January 16, 2014 by Admin

      Fran and James held their beautiful wedding at Val de Vie. As these gorgeous images show, the day was all about love, happiness and celebrating the special connection that the couple share. It was truly our pleasure to host their big day and we wish them all the best for their future together.

      Visit Inecke Photography's website to view more photos.














    • Yolande and Anton's wedding

      Posted on January 15, 2014 by Admin

      Yolande and Anton celebrated their special day at Val de Vie on 30 November 2013 and it was our absolute pleasure to be part of their wedding. The bride's Irish heritage gave the day an Irish twist, with beautiful bursts of green adding to the decor scheme.

      Inecke Photography captured the day to perfection in these photos, be sure to visit their website to view more.









    • A sneak preview of Fran and James' wedding shoot

      Posted on January 15, 2014 by Admin

      Inecke Photography has done it again with some stunning photos of Fran and James' wedding shoot at Val de Vie. These are just a sneak preview and we can't wait to see the rest!


    • It's time for tea at the Polo Club Restaurant

      Posted on January 15, 2014 by Admin


    • Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014

      Posted on January 13, 2014 by Admin

      It's nearly that time of year for the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014! Synonymous with flutes of champagne and exquisite couture fashion, guests of the fourth annual Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 are set to attend what has now become South Africa’s most exclusive and luxury polo event on the Western Cape’s social calendar on Saturday, 01 March 2014.

      Drawing inspiration from polo’s global presence, with its rich cultural heritage, the prestigious Champagne House sponsors some of the world’s leading polo events such as the Manhattan Classic in New York City, the LA Polo Classic, the UK’s Gold Cup and the Veuve Clicquot Masters Cape Town, the only event of its kind on the African continent.

      VIP guests of Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo 2014 tournament can look forward to an afternoon of stylish décor opulence, perfectly chilled Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne, gourmet canapés, lavish couture fashion and a highly anticipated action packed finale of polo.

      More than any other sport, polo is best savoured live – a theme steeped in tradition and perpetuated by Veuve Clicquot.

      Tickets are available on Computicket, click here to buy yours!

      SAVE THE DATE DIARY DETAILS:

      Event: Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town 2014
      Date: Saturday, 1 March 2014
      Venue: Val de Vie Estate, Jan van Riebeeck Road, Paarl 7646


    • Demand outstrips supply at popular Val de Vie Estate

      Posted on January 13, 2014 by Admin

      VAL DE Vie Estate is all but sold out, with only 25 of the 540 plots still available and a total of 228 homes now completed.

      MAIN MEN: At the Val de Vie polo fields and the steps to the clubhouse, Deon Basson (managing director, REDi), Sarel Rossouw (group financial director, Val de Vie), Ryk Neethling ( marketing director, Val de Vie) and Stephen Stiekema (operations director, REDi).

      However, there is still much to be done on the property and expansion plans or improvements will continue as it evolves, says Val de Vie marketing director Ryk Neethling.

      “Essentially, the project is sold out, and there are only 20 resale plots on the market at present. But demand is exceeding supply and this is gaining momentum, so we might have to look at expanding our borders at some point,” he says.

      “The past year has been very successful. In August, the wine cellar and wine farm were sold to a Chinese consortium, which was very well received by management and residents.
      One of the homes on the estate won an award at the International Property Awards for the best singleunit development in Africa.”

      Last year a total of 130 properties worth just more than R200 million were sold, which included developer plots, houses and resales. Neethling estimates that the value of property here has increased steadily and by 50 percent in the last year on the development plots.

      “In the last three months of 2013 alone, there were 17 developer plots sold, a vast improvement on previous years.

      In addition, there has been much construction activity, with 80 to 90 homes being built at a time over the past nine months – and this is continuing, judging by approved building plans.”

      There are also plans to build a boutique hotel and private offices to complement what is already there.

      Nestled between Paarl and Franschhoek, this is one of the few idyllic places where estate management and developers have carefully thought through what it is that they are striving to create and maintain and what residents have bought into, says Deon Basson, managing director of REDi (Real Estate Development Interactive), whose systems have been implemented to assist with the complete management of the estate, from initial sales to dayto-day operations and communications. “This is predominantly a ‘young’ estate, where most residents are about 40 to 45, many with children under 10,” says Neethling. “In our favour is being close to many good schools, such as Paarl Gimnasium, Bridge House and Paarl Girls and Boys schools, to name a few.”

      Apart from co- ordinating the construction of all the homes in various stages of the building process, management of this 220ha estate is a huge operation.

      Facilities on the estate include 12ha of lakes, which are used for irrigation; the security system, which has thermal camera coverage (43 cameras in all) of the 8km perimeter fence as well as day and night visual coverage; the storage units on the estate that have to be managed; the sewage plant that was built specifically for this estate; as well as roads and landscaping, polo fields and stables.

      REDi’s SiMS (sales information management system) has been implemented to manage, administer and track all sales on the estate, from contract through to transfer of title and, according to Neethling, Val de Vie is finding the use of the interactive sales map an important sales tool.

      “The REDi community portal (estate management system) has also been put in place to assist with accurate reporting and real-time communication between residents and estate management.

      “With 900 residents on the estate, the community portal, which can be accessed via any web- enabled device, is an ideal way for everyone to communicate, share community services and access up-to-date information,” says Basson.

      “All the shareholders who live on the estate and management are working hard to create a fully integrated lifestyle (property), where residents will feel safe and secure and can rest assured that their investments will grow exponentially in the future due to good management,” says Neethling.

      Call Ryk Neethling on 021 863 6100 or email Ryk.Neethling@ valdevie.co.za.
      For information on REDi’s services call Deon Basson on 021 702 2302 or email deon@red-i.co.za

      Article from The Cape Argus


    • Two beautiful weddings captured on film

      Posted on January 13, 2014 by Admin

      have treated us with two fabulous videos of wedding held at Val de Vie Estate. It's wonderful to relive the moments from these special days, which we are thrilled to have been a part of.

      The first is of Yolande and Anton, who tied the knot on 30 November 2013:

      Yolande & Anton love story from Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.

      Then there is the lovely video of Fran and James, who celebrated their big day on 6 December 2013:

      Fran & James love story from Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.


    • Richard and Shardae's wedding

      Posted on January 13, 2014 by Admin

      Richard and Shardae held their wedding at Val de Vie and these incredible images by Ryan Graham offer a glimpse into this beautiful celebration. Watch out for more stunning photos!


    • Marcus and Sharrol's wedding

      Posted on January 13, 2014 by Admin

      Marcus and Sharrol celebrated their gorgeous wedding at Val de Vie Estate on 23 November 2013. The celebration was a truly beautiful day to behold, with splashes of colour from bright blooms, perfect sunny weather and smiles all round. We were so delighted to coordinate the wedding of this special couple and we wish them all the best for the future!

      To view more photos, visit Nikki Meyer's website.


    • Natural beauty

      Posted on January 13, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that the "earth laughs in flowers." Indeed, the beauty of fresh blooms is sometimes all you need to create a gorgeous decor scheme for your wedding. Forget shiny embellishments, trinkets and busy details: this style is all about celebrating nature and its rich palette of colours.


    • Classic romance

      Posted on January 13, 2014 by Elsje Human

      Rose gold, red lipstick, french lace and luxurious shades of white and cream... what's not to love about this elegant look? Convey a sense of romance that's all about being chic and sophisticated, with just the right amount of sparkle.


    • Festive feelings

      Posted on December 19, 2013 by Elsje Human

      It's the festive season and the perfect time to add some cheer to your home. Not keen on tinsel and showy baubles? We love this simple, minimalist ideas that create a sense of colour in a beautifully understated way.


    • Cool blues and soft greys

      Posted on December 17, 2013 by Simone de Wet

      Soft shades of grey and blue make a dreamy, romantic combination for an elegant event. This cool palette is ideal for a warm Summer wedding. Want to add some glamour? Add touches of silver and crystal as sparkly accents.


    • Pure romance

      Posted on December 13, 2013 by Simone de Wet

      The warm, long Summer days can't help but us into a romantic mood. This moodboard captures all the things speak of romance: decadent treats, soft shades of pink, antique lace and a bit of sparkle.


    • The Bottomless Coffee Band at the Val de Vie Market

      Posted on December 13, 2013 by Admin

      Bottomless Coffee Band - Morning Coffee from Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.

      Here's a clip of the Bottomless Coffee Band playing at the Val de Vie Market. This talented two-piece band combines several instruments and vocal in a medley of genres such as acoustic folk-rock, afro-blues and jazz. Be sure to check them out at our next market!


    • A big thank you to our service providers!

      Posted on December 13, 2013 by Admin


    • Val de Vie hosts a lavish polo event

      Posted on December 11, 2013 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate was proud to be one of the venues for an exclusive event organised by Mamemo Productions and Event Concepts.

      After a dazzling cocktail event in Cape Town, guests attended an International Polo Event and gala dinner at Val de Vie Estate. Our home team played against an international team featuring top Emirati polo players. The guests witnessed the exhilarating polo actions while enjoying our award-winning wines and delectable canapés.

      After a prize giving, guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner in the ball room, which was beautifully adorned with shades of silver, crisp whites and striking royal blue.







    • Congratulations to Johann and Janine!

      Posted on December 11, 2013 by Admin

      A big congratulations to Johann and Janine for winning our Life Worth Loving Celebration Competition! They received more than a 1000 Likes on Facebook and will enjoy an enviable Val de Vie experience worth more than R50 000.


    • The Olivelli Fashion Show Extravaganza

      Posted on December 11, 2013 by Admin


    • In remembrance of Nelson Mandela

      Posted on December 6, 2013 by Admin

      We are deeply saddened by the death of Nelson Mandela, a true visionary and leader who  made his life a gift to us all. His wisdom, compassion and legacy will always live in our hearts and minds.


    • Franschhoek Festivities in 2014

      Posted on December 4, 2013 by Admin

      There's always something to do in the Franschhoek Valley, from wine tasting and fine dining to site seeing and discovering local artists. Numerous festivals take place throughout the year, celebrating all the wonderful things that this famous region has to offer. Here are some of the ones that we are really looking forward to:

      Franschhoek Summer Wines
      8 February 2014

      Franschhoek Winter Sculpture Fair (Johannesburg)
      10 - 11 May 2014

      Franschhoek Literary Festival
      16 - 18 May 2014

      Cook Franschhoek
      13 - 15 June 2014

      Franschhoek Winter Wines
      21 June 2014

      Franschhoek Bastille Festival
      12 - 13 July 2014

      Franschhoek Uncorked
      27 September 2014

      Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival
      29 - 30 November 2014

      Image courtesy of Franschhoek.org.za


    • Kurt Darren launches his new wine, the Kaptein Red Blend

      Posted on December 3, 2013 by Admin

      The South African musician Kurt Darren announced the official release of his new wine “Kaptein Red Blend” this weekend on the 1st of December at Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.  A select few of Kurt Darren’s close friends, music partners as well as media guests were invited to enjoy a wine tasting at the Val de Vie Polo Club Restaurant. Pasella filmed the processions of the day that included a polo lesson and  private brunch with Kurt who revealed the concept behind his new venture and his love for the Cape winelands.

      The Rhone blend is a delightful combination of Mourvedre, Shiraz, Grenache, Carignan and Cinsaut - made for Kurt Darren by the Val de Vie Estate winemaker, Harold Versfeld.  A burst of red fruit, red berries, strawberries and cherries with nuances of well integrated oak makes for an easy drinking and sociable wine. According to Darren, his love for quality wine has accompanied many inspired moments that birthed the lyrics of his well-known songs. The Kaptein Red Blend is a celebration of the success of the star’s 19-year career in the South African music industry, “Wine is a bottle full of lyrics waiting for just the right melody”.

      Now available in all Shoprite Checkers Stores and online from the Val de Vie Estate Wine Shop: www.valdevie.co.za/buynow



      Photos courtesy of Piet van Wyk - Darkroom Photography darkroom62@gmail.com


    • BlackBerry Pink Polo captured on film

      Posted on December 3, 2013 by Admin

      BlackBerry Pink Polo SA Event at Val de Vie Estate from Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.

      Our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event has been beautifully captured by Boy Meets Girl Wedding Cinema. Enjoy the video!


    • In the spirit of celebration with Pongrácz

      Posted on November 29, 2013 by Admin

      What a treat! All new brides who book Val de Vie as their venue receive a complimentary chocolate and Pongrácz tasting at the estate.


    • The Val de Vie MTB Challenge

      Posted on November 26, 2013 by Admin

      Here are a few shots from the Val de Vie MTB Challenge, which was held at the Estate this past weekend. The event was a great success and offered participants a beautiful and thrilling race in the countryside.

      Conrad Stolz, 4x World Champion Triathlete won the 60km race and pro rider Hanco Kachelhoffer from Gauteng came second.

      A highlight on the mountain-bike calendar

      After a successful inaugural year in 2012, which attracted almost 1000 riders, the EAI Val de Vie Mountain Bike Challenge is back and this time it was bigger. This year the popular event boasted various route improvements and interesting added features including a trip past the house where Nelson Mandela was held captive in the Drakenstein prison. Presented by Bestmed, the event took place on Sunday 24th November 2013 at Val de Vie, Cape Town.

      “The Val de Vie MTB Challenge was a great success last year and we wanted to make sure that this year would be better, and it was. We had cyclists from all over the country, those that took part last year and new cyclists. Not only did the venue contribute to the event’s success but the improvements of the routes too. The highlight of the route was where cyclists rode through the Drakenstein prison to the Mandela Statue, where a photographer was on hand to capture the special moment.” says Wynand de Villiers, the event organiser.

      “The EAI Val De Vie MTB Challenge became a highlight on the mountain-bike calendar immediately after the inaugural event last year and we are very proud to be associated with this event. Through this event we want to show how committed we are to our pillars of wellness – Be Active, Be Safe, Be Nutri-Wise and Be Happy. Our pillars encourage people to live a healthy life. Mountain Biking is fun, keeps your body fit and healthy. It is a fun sport the whole family can take part in,” says Sasja la Grange, Bestmed’s Corporate Communications Manager

      The Route
      The Val de Vie, situated between Paarl and Franschoek in the picturesque Boland winelands, caters for the entire family and allows cyclists to experience the Paarl wine valley in all its glory. With a route that is second to none and the best water points you’ll find anywhere in the sport, it’s little wonder that the EAI Val de Vie Mountain Bike Challenge also attracted almost 1000 riders this year. The riders followed a route over 21 wine farms and estates and had access to properties that they won’t be able to see at other times of the year. The race routes comprised of a 5km kiddies race, 30km route and 60km route.

      According to de Villiers, the 30km route was an exciting event that incorporated some of the best trails the area has to offer. Special features and water points brought out tons of fun. Cycling through vineyards, the riders experienced breath-taking views and negotiated features that add up to a sense of accomplishment and fun. “The 60km was more challenging but it was worth every drop of the sweat. We ensured that, besides the challenge, there were amazing views, fun at the water points and special features like wine tasting at water points, grape stomping and cycling past the famous polo stables at Val De Vie, along the banks of the main field and restaurant among other things. The little ones took their bikes on a fun-filled adventure ride within the secure Val De Vie estate. They rode through vineyards and past stables; gladiator castles, clowns, vibey water points and cartoon characters cheered them on. At the end of the race they received a finisher’s medal,” adds de Villers

      Among others who enjoyed the event, Ryk Neethling, SA's Olympic gold medallist swimmer, who attended the event as part of Val De Vie, comments, “The Val De Vie is a very beautiful venue for an event like this. The routes, with breath taking views incorporated history and beauty. I am proud of the race and look forward to see it grow year on year.”

      Healthy lifestyle
      Bestmed believes that through taking part in such sports, individuals can keep fit and remain healthy in order to prevent sickness. “We encourage people to continuously take preventative healthcare measures and taking part in sport is one of those measures. We have a country with beautiful landscapes which accommodate these events and everyone should be able to take part,” concludes la Grange.

      Simply Unforgettable
      The race was aimed at providing fun and an exciting tour of the area. Every aspect was planned to add up to a social, fun-filled day: the routes, water points, and entertainment. Riders also had a chance to get their bikes washed at the Bike Wash Facility and all the proceeds from this exercise were donated to the Cancer Association of South Africa along with R10 of every entry.




    • Yolande and Anton's Engagement Shoot

      Posted on November 21, 2013 by Admin


      Yolande and Anton are getting married at Val de Vie next Saturday and we can't wait for the special day to arrive!

      Inecke Photography are the talent behind their beautiful engagement shoot, which was held at Tea under the trees in Paarl. View more photographs on Inecke's website.


    • Life worth Loving Celebration Competition

      Posted on November 20, 2013 by Admin

      To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Val de Vie Events, we will be hosting a competition where one of these lovely couples who celebrated their wedding day at Val de Vie, will be able to win an unforgettable experience for 8 guests at Val de Vie Estate worth more than R50 000.

      The couple to receive the most LIKES will WIN.

      The prize will include a night stay in a luxury Villa on the estate, driven by the Val de Vie Rolls Royce and Mercedes, as well as a private styled dinner by The Polo Club Restaurant and award winning Val de Vie Wines.

      Thank you to The Polo Club Restaurant, Secret Diary Creative Concepts & Designs, N Concepts and Design, Inecke Photography, Pongrácz, LEGACY LIFESTYLE, Edible Art Cakes, Val de Vie Wines, Villa Inze and many others.

      Visit our Facebook Page to cast your vote!


    • More great shots from the Val de Vie Outdoor Challenge

      Posted on November 19, 2013 by Admin













































    • The Val De Vie Outdoor Challenge

      Posted on November 18, 2013 by Admin

      The Val De Vie Outdoor Challenge was held on Sunday 17 November 2013 and we're thrilled to see how much fun was had by all. The event included a 5km fun run, two trail runs and an open water swim, as well as the ever popular Market at Val de Vie. Congratulations to everyone who took part!

      View more awesome photos on Chris Hitchcock's Facebook Page.


    • Join us for a Sunday of fun

      Posted on November 14, 2013 by Admin

      Looking for something fun to do this Sunday? The action-packed Val de Vie Fun Run and  Outdoor Challenge will be taking place at Val de Vie Estate. Our popular Market will also be in full swing, offering a variety of delectable foods, fun activities and gorgeous crafted goods.

      There's still time to enter, so don't delay! We look forward to seeing you for a beautiful fun-filled day in the countryside.

      Cross Country | Fun Run | Open Water Swim - ENTRIES OPEN


    • Out and about with Jen Su at BlackBerry Pink Polo

      Posted on November 13, 2013 by Admin

      People Magazine recently showcased Jen Su's visit to our BlackBerry Pink Polo event. A host of celebs made an appearance to enjoy an afternoon of fun, fashion and fast-paced polo.  Click here to download the full article.


    • In the lime light

      Posted on November 8, 2013 by Varety Da Silva

      A glamorous photoshoot can make anyone look and feel like a princess. We are always dazzled by the amazing talent of the various  photographers who showcase the weddings that we host. It's nearly time for the weekend, so get snap happy and capture those special moments.


    • The Carrol Boyes Charity Open Day

      Posted on November 8, 2013 by Admin


    • More Movember magic

      Posted on November 7, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

      Are you planning to entertain this weekend? Get into the spirit of Movember with cute moustache decorations and accessories. It's a fun and playful way to take note of this worthy cause!


    • The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction

      Posted on November 7, 2013 by Admin

      The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction was launched on Friday, 25 October at Le Quartier Francais in Franshhoek. At precisely the same hour in eight of the world’s most iconic wine-loving locations: Sao Paolo, Seattle, Zurich, Franschhoek, Mauritius, Hong Kong, Manila and Sydney corks popped to toast a dazzling Champagne brunch, Seattle held a stylish lunch in Sao Paolo, in Hong Kong, Manila and Sydney a glittering cocktail after-party.

      The AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction to be held in March 2014 is modeled on the famous Napa Valley event of the same classification and is planned to be the most significant international wine-charity auction South Africa has ever conceived. The Auction will be a top-drawer three-day affair that celebrates – on a global stage – all that is great about South Africa’s vinous offering, while uniting the industry around a common philanthropic goal. The Cape Wine Auction is sponsored by AfrAsia Bank, winner of Euromoney’s Best Local Private Bank Award for three consecutive years,

      The three-day agenda for the Auction opens on the night of 13 March 2014 with a ‘Bring-a-Magnum’ party hosted by one of South Africa’s most prestigious Franschhoek properties. Multiple high-end Winelands events follow on the Friday, including a stylish ‘Barrel Auction’ hosted by beautiful Waterford Estate. The three day event culminates in the stylish luncheon and Auction on Saturday, 15 March – a celebratory tour de force of wine and culinary elegance hosted by the country’s top winemakers and a culinary team lead by Grande Chef Margot Janse of Le Quartier Francais fame.

      Sharing Nelson Mandela’s belief that “Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world”, the AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction is invested in uplifting local South African winelands children through education. The charities aligned with the Auction are The Pebbles Project (www.pebblesproject.co.za), whose purpose it is to enrich the lives of children from disadvantaged backgrounds with special educational needs, and MAD CHARITY™(Make A Difference) (www.madcharity.org), which strives to give academically talented but economically disadvantaged young South Africans an opportunity to reach their full potential as the leaders and role models of tomorrow.

      Val de Vie's Marketing Director Ryk Neethling is one of the Ambassadors to the Auction and we are proud to have been a part of the event.


    • Mad about the moustache

      Posted on November 6, 2013 by Elsje Human

      We're 100% behind Movember and encourage you to support this worthy cause which raises awareness about prostate cancer. Not keen to grow a moustache? Don a cute 'stache accessory. It looks chic and highlights a great cause, what a great fashion statement!


    • Summer style savvy: Carrol Boyes sunglasses

      Posted on November 5, 2013 by Admin

      Summer has arrived so it's time to hit the beach and soak up the sunshine! Look chic this season with a pair of Carrol Boyes sunglasses. There are over 20 different styles and colours, each capturing the unique design flair that has made this brand so famous. The glasses are made out the highest quality acetate and offer UV 400 protection, an absolute must in our hot climate.

      Visit the Carrol Boyes website to view the full range.


    • Moustache panache

      Posted on November 5, 2013 by Elsje Human

      Movember is all about raising awareness about prostate cancer, but the 'stache has also become a hot fashion trend in the past year. Quirky fashion accessories, decor items and illustrations draw inspiration from the moustache. Our verdict? Playful but chic!


    • It's Movember!

      Posted on November 4, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      It's November, which means it's time for Movember! Raising awareness about prostate cancer, Movember encourages guys to get involved in this worthy cause by sporting a moustache and raising funds for charity.

      The good news is that even ladies can help with this worthy cause by visiting the Movember website. We urge you to help the mo-bros out!


    • Eureka Mills is coming to The Market at Val de Vie

      Posted on November 4, 2013 by Admin

      The Market at Val de Vie is taking place this Sunday 10 November and we can't wait! Held on the Polo Pavilion’s terraces, the Market at Val de Vie showcases some of the region’s finest local produce and goods. Visitors can also enjoy live music or watch a polo match, while kids can enjoy a host of fun activities.

      Amongst the vendors will be Eureka Mills, a local mill that only uses high-quality, locally-produced wheat to create white bread flour, brown bread flour, cake flour, wholemeal flour, crushed rye and rye flour. They pride themselves on using traditional farming methods such as crop rotation and the gentle aeration of the soil, to create a premium product that is kinder to the environment and better for us to eat.

      Visit their website for more information on what they do.


    • BlackBerry Pink Polo in Die Burger

      Posted on November 4, 2013 by Admin

      BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013 was a fantastic success and we're thrilled to hear what how much it was enjoyed by all. Die Burger has featured an article that covers all the  highlights of the event - we love to see such a worthy event making news!


    • BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013 - The Showcase

      Posted on November 4, 2013 by Admin


    • ABSOLUT Sunset Fridays at the Polo Club Restaurant

      Posted on November 1, 2013 by Admin


    • VAL DE VIE ESTATE AT THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY AWARDS

      Posted on November 1, 2013 by janette

      THE POLO HOUSE  RECEIVES  BEST SINGLE UNIT DEVELOPMENT

      IN AFRICA AWARD ON OCTOBER 24th IN DUBAI

      Guardian Project Management recently attended the esteemed International Property Awards where the company project, famously known as The Polo House, received the Best Single Unit Residential Development Award.  The Polo House competed against a number of residential property developments in the African and Arabian regions to receive this recognition.  Successful entrants were invited to attend a high-profile gala dinner and awards ceremony at the One & Only Royal Mirage in Dubai on October 24th, where the winning companies would learn which honours they have secured.

      The Polo House was also chosen as top-scoring regional winner in its category to go on to compete in London at the global competition against the best of Europe, the UK, the Americas and Asia to find the ultimate World’s Best in each category.

      The building of the Polo House was a project that would position itself as an iconic masterpiece and jewel in the crown of the estate together with the Polo Pavilion and the Val de Vie Stables.  Val de Vie Estate, the chosen location of the Polo House, won the award for Best Multiple Unit and Mixed Use Development in 2012/2013 and was also nominated at this year’s event. The estate, which has grown tremendously in the last year with over a 130 property sales, is regarded as an international polo destination and hosts prestigious internationals and high society events on an annual basis.

      Unique in its design and location, the Polo House towers before the vast green of the top class polo fields completed to Hurlingham Standards.  The house fetched a record price of R22 500 per m2 a year ago and will now be sporting its new award winners’ logo, recognized as a symbol of excellence throughout the global industry.   A prime location on the estate with its spectacular views adds to the value of the home and in return the grand structure of the Polo House increased the market value of the properties and building activity in that vicinity of the estate.

      Guardian Project Management is currently the preferred development company for the larger and high quality projects undertaken on the estate and in the valley.  Guardian offers complete project management, delivery support and design services aimed at strategically guiding the various phases of the development process.  The turnkey project management and procurement processes are supported by innovative, hands-on delivery procedures and strategic supply agreements with industry giants.

      Stuart Shield, president of the International Property Awards, said, “The winning companies of the African Property Awards are enhancing the landscape of their countries with beautiful, modern and innovative properties which will further contribute to the growth and economic development of the continent. Our winning real estate agencies and property consultants are aiding African residents in successfully purchasing homes and climbing the property ladder.”

      For further information on Guardian Project Management,

      The Polo House and Val de Vie Estate, please contact:

      Ryk Neethling

      T: +27 (0)21 863 6100    C: +27 (0)82 995 1700

      Ryk.Neethling@valdevie.co.za

      Leonhard Jonas

      leonhard@guardianprojects.co.za

      T: +27 21 863 1139    C: +27 83 641 8887

      www.guardianprojects.co.za

      For further information on the International Property Awards

      and the 2013 Arabia & Africa Property & Hospitality Show, please contact the events team:

      T: +44 (0) 1245 250981

      info@propertyawards.net

      www.internationalpropertyevents.com



    • Trevor Noah supports BlackBerry Pink Polo

      Posted on October 31, 2013 by Admin

      We were thrilled to see Trevor Noah showing his support for BlackBerry Pink Polo! Trevor is such a talented entertainer and it was fantastic to have him at the Estate.


    • Don't miss our exciting events line-up!

      Posted on October 31, 2013 by Admin


    • Tone up for summer with our Pilates challenge!

      Posted on October 30, 2013 by Admin


    • Simply stunning: BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013

      Posted on October 29, 2013 by Admin

      BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013 took place this past weekend on Saturday 23 October and this glamorous event was a resounding success. Held in aid of breast cancer, BlackBerry Pink Polo raises funds for Reach for Recovery, which provides much needed support and counselling for survivors with the CANSA Association for South Africa.

      Guests were treated to action-packed polo, a glamorous fashion show, decadent snacks, bubbly and beautiful sunshine. A big thank you to all sponsors and attendees who helped to make the day such a success!

      There's already plenty of buzz about Pink Polo in the media. Read more on Marie Claire's blog or visit Hy-se-sy-se to view their take on the event.

      All images courtesy of Marie Claire.


    • Good Hope FM supports BlackBerry Pink Polo week

      Posted on October 25, 2013 by Admin

      BlackBerry Pink Polo week has been in full swing at Good Hope FM! Here the team is sporting their fabulous pink umbrellas, we love their enthusiasm and are so grateful for their support.


    • Good Hope FM gets the lowdown on BlackBerry Pink Polo

      Posted on October 23, 2013 by Admin

      Simone de Wet, the Managing Director of Val de Vie Events, was on Good Hope FM to chat about the upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo event this weekend.

      This highly anticipated event takes place on Saturday 26 October, helping to raise funds and awareness for Reach for Recovery in aid of breast cancer. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets, we look forward to seeing you there!

      Listen to the interview here.


    • Poloworld goes totally pink

      Posted on October 22, 2013 by Admin

      Be sure to visit the Poloworld International stand at the Blackberry Pink Polo this weekend. A new and exciting Polo collection will be available which includes polo shirts, gilets, sweat shirts, hoodies and a selection of stunning beach bags. The exclusive Val de Vie Collection in black or white will also be on sale.


    • Fran and James' Engagement Shoot

      Posted on October 21, 2013 by Admin

      Joburg couple Fran and James will be celebrating their wedding at Val de Vie on Friday 6 December 2013 and we can't wait! The two are so in love and their vibrant, joyful personalities light up any room.

      Every detail of the special day will be planned by Val de Vie Full Coordination and these gorgeous engagement shoot photographs by Inecke Photography capture the love between these two special people.

      Visit Inecke's site to see more shots.






    • Go pink for October!

      Posted on October 21, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

      It's October which means it's Pink Month, a time to honour cancer survivors and raise breast cancer awareness.

      It's easy to show your support: wear a pink breast cancer ribbon, donate to a cancer charity or buy tickets to BlackBerry Pink Polo, which is taking place this month on 26 October. The event promises to be a celebration of fashion, fun and polo, all in the name of raising awareness and funds for breast cancer charities. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets.


    • Corporate Events at Val de Vie

      Posted on October 21, 2013 by Admin


    • Pink and cream perfection

      Posted on October 17, 2013 by Simone de Wet

      Perfectly coordinated in pink - that's one of the looks we love for BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013! Cream and dusty make a soft, feminine colour combination that looks so chic and elegant.

      Blackberry Pink Polo Event Details

      Ticket options:

      Pink Polo Pavilion: R380 – Access to main event area, includes a Pongracz bubbly, Grey Goose cocktail and high tea, fashion show and more.

      Pink Polo Drive In: R1500 – Allocated area  for a car of 5 guests. Cars will be parked next to the field. Bring own picnic basket, no alcohol. Shade will be provided per area. Access to the Pink Polo Market. Limited areas available.

      For tickets email Edith@edithunlimited.co.za | View the Poster

      Pink Polo Market

      Market lovers, this is for you. Guests will be able to enjoy food and drinks from the carefully selected fresh food and beverage entrepreneurs while watching the action packed polo match and enjoying the funky sounds of some of the best local talent from the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

      Tickets costs R50 and are available at WEBTICKETS.CO.ZA


    • Introducing Kaptein, a wine from the Kurt Darren Collection

      Posted on October 16, 2013 by Admin

      Val de Vie is proud to be producing Kaptein, a sensational wine from the Kurt Darren Collection.

      It's been described as "a bottle full of lyrics waiting for just the right melody!" As a blend of Mourvedre, Shiraz, Grenache Noir, Carignan and Cinsaut, the wine has a burst of red fruit: red berries, strawberries and cherries with nuances of well integrated oak. Enjoy it with  pepperoni, pizza, spare ribs or a luscious chorizo and red wine risotto.

      You can buy Kaptein on our website for R65.00 per bottle.


    • Oh jaaaaa!

      Posted on October 16, 2013 by Admin

      Be sure to visit the Val de Vie Market this Sunday and to check out the beautiful rustic good from Jaaaa. From wooden chopping boards and denim aprons to crockery and tableware, there are all sorts of gorgeous goodies for the home.

      For more information about their good, please call Eugene Nortje on 076 555 7736 or email eugene@jaaaa.co.za.


    • Ryk Neethling on Good Hope FM

      Posted on October 16, 2013 by Admin

      Ryk Neethling was interviewed on Good Hope FM to discuss the upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo on 26 October. This fun and fabulous event  is held to raise funds and awareness for Reach for Recovery in aid of breast cancer. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets, we look forward to seeing you there!

      Listen to the interview.


    • Herbex hosts a photoshoot at Val de Vie

      Posted on October 15, 2013 by Admin

      Herbex recently had a photo shoot at Val de Vie and we love how the images capture a sense of healthy living and vitality!

      The shots were taken by the talented Eric Uys while Marietjie Hurter did the hair and make-up.


    • Impeccable Polo style from Canterbury SA

      Posted on October 15, 2013 by Admin

      Canterbury SA has some seriously chic menswear that's ideal for the upcoming BlackBerry Pink Polo Event on 26 October 2013. Tailored shirts and smart accessories set the tone for an elegant yet laid back look.

      Visit Canterbury's Facebook page to find out more.


    • Marie Claire's Pink Polo pizazz

      Posted on October 10, 2013 by Admin

      Marie Claire Magazine has its eye on the latest fashion trends for BlackBerry Pink Polo, which is taking place this month on 26 October. From striped accessories and chunky hills to bohemian gypsy-inspired outfits, there are plenty of gorgeous styles to choose from.

      Feeling inspired? Visit their site to view the full article.

      The day will be filled with fabulous fashion, fun and polo, all in the name of a very worthy cause. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets.


    • Exclusive interview with Ryk Neethling on News24

      Posted on October 7, 2013 by Admin

      News24 had an exclusive interview with Val de Vie's Marketing Director, Ryk Neethling. He discusses  young leadership, swimming in South Africa and the importance of social responsibility at this year's One Young World Summit. Be sure to visit News24 to see the interview.


    • Poloworld International Gearing up for BlackBerry Pink Polo

      Posted on October 4, 2013 by Admin


      Poloworld International are gearing up for the BlackBerry Pink Polo event with a stunning variety of new "Polo Inspired" merchandise that will be available at the Market at Val de Vie.

      The Iconic Joules Dunsden Polo shirt is now simply frilling! With a ruffled collar this is a classic polo top with a twist. It's available in new colours for the new season and crafted from cotton pique with a touch of stretch to ensure a great fit with easy movement.

      Be sure to visit their online shop.


    • ABSOLUT Sunset Fridays at the Polo Club Restaurant

      Posted on October 4, 2013 by Admin


    • Elle takes note of BlackBerry Pink Polo

      Posted on October 2, 2013 by Admin

      BlackBerry Pink Polo is taking place this month on 26 October and the hype is building up for this highly anticipated event! Elle Magazine has taken a look at several ways to support  organisations that are raising awareness about the disease, with BlackBerry Pink Polo being first on the list.

      The event promises to be a celebration of fashion, fun and polo, all in the name of a very worthy cause. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets.

      To read the full article and to find out more ideas on how to make a difference, please visit Elle's website.


    • Gaggenau: A proud sub sponsor for BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013

      Posted on October 1, 2013 by Admin

      We're thrilled to have Gaggenau on board as a sub sponsor for BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013, which will be held at Val de Vie on 26th October.

      Gaggenua recently presented the ventilation 200 series, which includes three new ventilation models in various designs and widths. The series offers a wide selection of models that can be combined with all Gaggenau cooktops and cooking appliances to suit personal tastes and kitchen designs. The new products will be available from October 2013, with the exception of the 120 cm wall-mounted hoods, which will be launched in March 2014.

      Gaggenau is a manufacturer of high-quality home appliances and acknowledged as an innovation leader in design and technology “Made in Germany”. The company, with a history that goes back over more than 330 years, has revolutionised the domestic kitchen over and over again with its internationally acclaimed products. Gaggenau’s success is founded on technological innovation and a clear design language combined with high functionality.


    • October is Pink Month

      Posted on October 1, 2013 by Admin

      October is breast cancer month, an important time to increase awareness about the disease. While many of us are aware of breast cancer, it's vital to know about early detection and to each others about it too.

      The month of pink will end with a big bash at BlackBerry Pink Polo on 26 October, which is held to raise funds and awareness for Reach for Recovery in aid of breast cancer. Visit our Calendar for all the details on buying tickets, we look forward to seeing you there!


    • Fabulous frocks

      Posted on October 1, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Celebrate Spring with a pretty dress that suits the warmer weather. We love the femininity of lace and floral prints, or perhaps a touch of ruffles for some flirtatious texture. With BlackBerry Pink Polo on the way, these styles are definitely inspiring our outfits!

      By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


    • Jo-Anne and Charl's Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wedding

      Posted on September 25, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Val de Vie Events was delighted to coordinate the wedding of Jo-Anne and Charl Coetsee this past weekend on 21 September 2013. This beautiful celebration was held at La Vierge in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and we were so thrilled to have been part of the day! Enjoy these stunning shot by Warren Williams.







    • Wine & Dine with us this Friday!

      Posted on September 23, 2013 by janette


    • Breathtaking …

      Posted on September 23, 2013 by janette

      So blessed to witness snow on the Simonsberg Mountain. Here are some breath taking views from Val de Vie...


    • Keep cosy at The Polo Club Restaurant

      Posted on September 20, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

      With snow on the mountains and chilly weather predicted for the weekend, the Cape is still feeling the icy grip of Winter! Need to warm up? The Polo Club Restaurant is the place to be, with a delicious mug of cinnamon hot chocolate in front of a roaring fireplace.

      By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


    • Chic and serene

      Posted on September 18, 2013 by Elsje Human

      We love the pure, clean serenity of white. Clean lines and uncluttered decor create a beautifully peaceful and elegant style.

      By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


    • Parisian dreams

      Posted on September 13, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Be smitten with all things classic... I'm dreaming of pearls, antique lace, flawlessly tailored gowns, elegant up-dos and crisp white cotton.

      By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


    • The look of romance

      Posted on September 12, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      I adore the look of these wedding dresses. Flowing fabric, empire line cuts and muted colours create a beautifully romantic and feminine look. This style is ideal for a free-spirited bride who wants to look gorgeous on her big day, but still feel relaxed and comfortable.

      By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


    • Mad for mustard yellow

      Posted on September 11, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Add a burst of warmth to your wardrobe or decor with mustard yellow. This stylish colour has all the energy and vibrancy of yellow, but its far more subtle and classy.

      By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


    • Janke and Barnie's stunning engagement shoot

      Posted on September 4, 2013 by Admin

      Janke and Barnie recently held their engagement shoot at Val de Vie. The photos were taken by Moira West and we think they're absolutely stunning!

      View more gorgeous shots on Moira's website.







    • Jason Reolon is coming to the Val de Vie

      Posted on September 3, 2013 by janette

      Keep this coming Friday night open everyone! Don't miss this talented pianist performing at the Polo Club Restaurant. Jazz and fine brandy cocktails 6pm to 9pm.


    • Sporting Horse Magazine

      Posted on September 3, 2013 by janette

      We love the Sporting Horse Magazine! Great articles and features dedicated to everything equestrian. Be sure to pick up a copy or subscribe to this beautiful glossy.

      www.sportinghorse.co.za

      Here is our feature for their next issue - for the love of horses and living out your passion...


    • Thought for the day

      Posted on August 28, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

      Photo by Jani B photography

      By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


    • Brandy Fridays at Val de Vie

      Posted on August 28, 2013 by Admin

      We found a way to beat the winter blues with Brandy Fridays at Val de Vie, a unique opportunity to enjoy live music and exceptional brandy at the Polo Club Restaurant. Brandy Fridays have been held every Friday from 16 August and will continue to 20 September, coordinated by Val de Vie Events and sponsored by Fine Brandy by Design, a collection of premium brandies that includes Oude Meester Demant, Van Ryn’s 12 Year Old Distillers Reserve, Klipdrift Gold, Flight of the Fish Eagle and Collison’s White Gold.

      The talented Gerald Clark kept guests entertained in August and Jason Reolon will be on stage in September.

      Visitors can take advantage of the Polo Club Restaurant’s fantastic two courses for the price of one special.  To top it off, a selection of heart-warming cocktails are on offer, such as Klipdrift Gold Coffee and Van Ryn’s Decadent Hot Chocolate.

      Visit the Val de Vie Estate Facebook page to view some recipes of these delicious cocktails and keep an eye on the Val de Vie Calendar to avoid missing out on exciting events.

      Photographs by Inecke Photography


    • In love with L'OCCITANE's La Collection de Grasse

      Posted on August 28, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

      The Val de Vie Events team was delighted to attend the launch of L'OCCITANE's La Collection de Grasse at the Mount Nelson Hotel. This beaituful new collection consists of four fragrances: Jasmin & Bergamote, Magnolia & Mûre, Vanille & Narcisse and Thé Vert & Bigarade. We thoroughly enjoyed the event and we were absolutely enchanted by these amazing new fragrances.

      La Collection de Grasse was created with the assistance of Karine Dubreuil, a talented perfumer from the historical town of Grasse. The fragrances celebrate the fragrant destiny of the town, with each perfume highlighting two ingredients. This makes them far more faceted and intriguing, we couldn't get enough!

      Speaking of their inspiration behind the range, L'OCCITANE says:

      "The inspiration for this collection came from Grasse, in Provence. Above all else, it was inspired by the town of Grasse – the world's perfume capital and a true meeting point for raw materials from close and distant lands. Our Collection de Grasse is all about bringing these ingredients together.

      Our amazing encounter with Karine Dubreuil, who comes from the town of Grasse and shares our connection with Provence, also motivated us to create this collection. Through La Collection de Grasse, she has taken her collaboration with L'OCCITANE to an even deeper level.

      Finally, this project was inspired by Grasse because we have been forging strong links with the town for over six years, through our patronage of its International Perfume Museum."

      By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


    • Romantic nostalgia

      Posted on August 27, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

      Seeing the budding blossoms all around the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley orchards made us think back about the beautiful Engagement shoot of Anemi and Zeán last year. Take a trip down memory lane with us as we re-look their photos taken by the talented Joe Dreyer.

      By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner



    • Luscious lemons

      Posted on August 27, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

      It's lemon season again and most lemon trees are laden with the tangy yellow fruit that has a multitude of uses.

      We thought we'd share some interesting facts about the goodness that this fruit holds, along with useful tips and yummy ideas on how to use lemons. You'll surprise your guests by having made the edible treats yourself!

      Along with having antibacterial, antiviral and immune-boosting properties, lemons also very useful in and around the house. Their natural acidity and fresh scent make them a  good cleaning agent in the house while also deodorizing the area.

      Lemons help to regulate the metabolism and sugar absorption. With their detox properties, they are also great for weight loss and their Vitamin C helps keep our systems and skin healthy. Eating lemons also has calming effect and may help to ease fatigue, dizziness, anxiety and nervousness and increase concentration.

      Lemon juice and rind also serves as a delicious flavouring. Seafood dishes, desserts and cocktails wouldn't be the same without some zingy lemon!

      To make sure you have some left the next time your guests visit, squeeze and freeze the juice in ice cube trays or make a lovely preserve that gets better with time. Lemonade ice lollies are also a great idea for kids and they can last a while in the freezer.

      So start squeezing those juices and peeling those lemons and surprise your loved one with mouth-watering recipes.

      Or if you don’t feel so bold in the kitchen, you can always use them as décor!

      By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


    • Get style savvy for Blackberry Pink Polo 2013

      Posted on August 27, 2013 by Admin

      We love Luxo's fashion inspiration for Blackberry Pink Polo 2013. Held on 26 October 2013, this glamorous occasion helps to raise awareness about breast cancer. Looking chic and stylish is a must, so we're already looking out for the right outfits to wear, visit Luxo for more ideas.

      Blackberry Pink Polo Event Details

      Ticket options:

      Pink Polo Pavilion: R380 – Access to main event area, includes a Pongracz bubbly, Grey Goose cocktail and high tea, fashion show and more.

      Pink Polo Drive In: R1500 – Allocated area  for a car of 5 guests. Cars will be parked next to the field. Bring own picnic basket, no alcohol. Shade will be provided per area. Access to the Pink Polo Market. Limited areas available.

      For tickets email Edith@edithunlimited.co.za | View the Poster

      Pink Polo Market

      Market lovers, this is for you. Guests will be able to enjoy food and drinks from the carefully selected fresh food and beverage entrepreneurs while watching the action packed polo match and enjoying the funky sounds of some of the best local talent from the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

      Tickets costs R50 and are available at WEBTICKETS.CO.ZA



    • Stunning new furniture from Interior Concepts

      Posted on August 19, 2013 by Admin

      Interior Concepts is excited to announce that new furniture is arriving in mid November. Look out for beautiful pedestals, armoires, servers and plenty more.

      Interior Concepts offer the entire design process including interior decorating, customized furniture design and superior French reproduction furniture. Visit their site to find out more about their services.


    • Pure glamour at Val de Vie

      Posted on August 19, 2013 by Admin

      Val de Vie was the venue for photographer Shireen Louw's glamorous photoshoot of several gorgeous ladies. Amongst them was Sue Duminy, who tied the knot at the estate with her husband, JP Duminy, in 2011.

      Visit Shireen Louw's website to see more images.





    • Ezel and Duane Vermeulen's Maternity Shoot

      Posted on August 19, 2013 by Admin

      Last year we were delighted to host the wedding of Springbok Rugby player Duane Vermeulen and his lovely wife, Ezel. This wonderful couple are expecting a baby boy and we are so happy for them! Here are some stunning shots from their maternity shoot, taken by Agape Studio at Meerendal Wine Estate.



      By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


    • Nathan and Charnay's engagement shoot

      Posted on August 19, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

      Nathan and Charnay are celebrating their wedding at Val de Vie on 24 September 2013 and we adore their engagement shoot by Gustav Klotz. The photos really depict the love and energy that the couple share, we can't wait for the wedding!

      Visit Gustav's website to view more photos from the shoot.




      By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


    • Be bright and bold with beautiful balloons

      Posted on August 19, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

      Bright balloons add an element of quirky fun to wedding photos. We adore this shoot by Shireen Louw, which included 99 red balloons, a gorgeous model and an adorable dog! Visit Want that Wedding for more photos.

      By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner





    • Blush pink beauty

      Posted on August 19, 2013 by Elsje Human

      Romance, love and roses... these are all things we associate with blush pink, a gorgeously soft and feminine shade that's perfect for an elegant yet dreamy wedding theme.

      By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


    • Val de Vie Estate MTB Challenge

      Posted on August 19, 2013 by Admin

      The Rudy Project De Vie MTB Challenge became a highlight on the mountain-bike calendar immediately after the inaugural event last year.

      It is regarded as an adventure race and the organisers are expecting significantly more participants this year than the more than 1 000 that took part in 2012. This year it takes place on Sunday September 15.

      The Val de Vie caters for the entire family and allows cyclists to experience the Paarl wine valley in all its glory. The riders follow a route over 21 wine farms and estates and have access to properties that they won’t be able to see at other times of the year.

      The race is aimed at providing fun and an exciting tour of the area. Every aspect is planned to add up to a social, fun-filled day: the routes, water points, and entertainment.
      A venue such as Val De Vie and other wine farms with their polo grounds and premier wines, the stunning landscape of manicured vineyards and homesteads and everything else just add to the exhilarating “down and dirty” mountain-bike race. Many of the farms the that the riders will see are not usually open to the public but the organisers have built strong relationships with the owners and have been given access to the properties.

      Routes

      5km kiddies race: The little ones take their bikes on a fun-filled adventure ride within the secure Val De Vie estate. Receiving their finisher’s medals will give them a reminder of a truly special day.

      30km route: The 30km distance is an exciting event that incorporates some of the best trails the area has to offer. Special features and water points will bring out tons of fun. Cycling through vineyards, the riders will experience breathtaking views and negotiate features that add up to a sense of accomplishment and fun.

      60 Km route: This route incorporates the best of Paarl and will take cyclists on a journey never to be forgotten, winding through 21 wine farms and private estates that incorporate history as well as beauty. The organisers have ensured that, besides the amazing views, fun at the water points and excellent riding features, participants will face a challenge worth every drop of sweat.

      Enter here


    • Val de Vie takes on the Trails

      Posted on August 15, 2013 by janette

      Coming this September! Our annual mountain bike race is now crossing over 21 wine farms in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley with a couple of surprises! ONLINE ENTRIES HERE


    • Brandy Fridays at the Polo Club Restaurant

      Posted on August 13, 2013 by janette

      Gerald & Jason

      For the lovers of the Blues and Brandy! Ease into the weekend and celebrate the end of the week with us at the Polo Club Restaurant.


    • Val de Vie Hosts Nataniël

      Posted on August 7, 2013 by Admin

      We were thrilled to host Nataniël at the Estate this August.  As one of South Africa's favourite entertainers, Nataniël held two unforgettable shows which were packed with laughter, fun and plenty of smiles.

      The evening show included plenty of singing and story telling. Guests enjoyed a glass of wine and canapés before entering the ballroom, where they laughed the night away with Nataniël.

      The following morning show started bubbly and breakfast for the guests, followed by Nataniël's Leefstyl show. He offered a variety of tips and ideas about about decor, colour and food, as well as insight into the history of dining and etiquette.


    • Ocean calm

      Posted on August 5, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

      Did you have a manic Monday? Be inspired by the peacefulness of the ocean. Serene shades of deep blue and turquoise create a beautiful sea of calm.

      By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


    • Estine and Marnus's engagement shoot at Val de Vie

      Posted on August 5, 2013 by Admin

      Estine and Marnus hosted their stunning engagement shoot at Val de Vie and we just love the results! Photographer Lindy Kriek has beautifully captured the spirit and love shared between the couple. Visit Mooi Troues to see more shots.





    • Celebrating New Partnerships

      Posted on August 5, 2013 by Admin

      Marketing Director, Ryk Neethling, with Hein Koegelenberg CEO of La Motte, Leopard's Leap and Perfect Wines SA celebrating our new venture.

      The joys of living in the winelands are epitomized by an evening spent enjoying well-matured red wines, listening to the china chandeliers chiming over the merry banter at the table.  In the hearty company of Hein and Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg at the Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant, we enjoyed a Venison and Wine Pairing, celebrating recent successes and indulging our senses in every plate set before us.

      Chef Chris Erasmus introduced the choices of venison – hung or unhung and shared some his old tricks in the kitchen crafting the tasty dishes of kudu, impala and the hunter’s favourite, wildebeest.

      Cellar Master Edmund Terblanche presented two exclusive La Motte wines from their Vinoteque with each dish, playing off the older vintages with the newer ones. A real treat was the La Motte Millenium 1997, but our Val de Vie palates voted the 2004 Shiraz Viognier to be the favourite.


    • Vote for Paarl as Town of the Year 2013

      Posted on August 1, 2013 by Admin

      The voting for Paarl as Town of the Year 2013 will take place from 1 – 6 August 2013.

      The Paarl Town of the Year committee has put in all their efforts to raise awareness and to encourage people to vote for Paarl.

      It is now your turn to do your part and help Paarl to walk away with the prize of R1 million worth of marketing on KykNET.

      How can you vote?

      The ‘Vote for Paarl’ app allows users to browse and enter draws for prizes, with each entry automatically sending an SMS to vote for Paarl in the Town of the Year competition.

      As an added bonus, users can even view exciting upcoming events on Paarl’s calendar leading up to the announcement ceremony on 7 August 2013.

      The application can be downloaded at votepaarl.i3flow.com and is available for both Android and BlackBerry smartphones.

      If you don’t want to use the app, you can easily vote by sending a SMS with the word Paarl to 33157.  Each Simcard is allowed 30 Votes. Please vote and encourage others!

      As a reminder look at the 30 Reasons why we Love Paarl article on ShowMe Paarl.

      www.showmepaarl.co.za


    • China's first investment in the South African wine industry

      Posted on August 1, 2013 by Admin






      Following on China’s recent significant investments in the French wine industry, especially in Bordeaux, they have now made their first investment in the South African wine industry.

      Perfect China, the 51% shareholding partner in Perfect Wines of South Africa, has purchased the wine cellar at well- known Val de Vie Estate in the heart of the Cape Winelands, between Paarl and Franschhoek. The purchase also includes a 25 ha wine farm with 21 ha of vineyards and the historic manor house dating back to 1783.

      The cellar facilities will be used by Perfect Wines of South Africa, a Joint Venture that was formed in 2011 between Hein Koegelenberg, of Leopard’s Leap, and Perfect China in Yangzhou. The L’Huguenot brand was born out of this JV and has already been responsible for the export of 2.8 million bottles of wine to China in 2011 and 2012 – amounting to about 25% of the total annual South African wine exports to China. Now with its own address as well as production and maturation facilities, the future for this brand that has been created to be a celebration of the French Huguenot heritage of wine in South Africa, looks very promising.

      Perfect China distributes the L’Huguenot wine brand in the Far East with a direct sales team of more than a million agents and via 5000 depots in China as well as infrastructure in Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.
      “The Chinese wine market is very important to our industry and this first Chinese investment in the South African Winelands is a clear indication of their interest in our wines and can lead the way to a bright future for the export of SA wine to the East”, says Chairman of Perfect Wines of South Africa, Hein Koegelenberg (also CEO of La Motte and Leopard’s Leap Wine Estates).

      The JV will also be bringing 700 members of the Chinese sales and distribution team to Cape Town on an incentive trip in early September, with a gala dinner to be held in the Cape Town International Convention Centre on the 3rd of September. With support from the Tourism Offices of the Western Cape and MEC Alan Winde, the idea is to introduce them to South Africa, which will enable them to do an even better job of selling our wines. This will be the first of an annual incentive visit of the same nature, which will definitely contribute to the local economy.

      Perfect Wines of South Africa plans to extend the current cellar facilities at Val de Vie and increase the maturation capacity. Although the 21 ha of exceptional quality wine grapes will contribute, the remainder of grapes for this range will continue to be sourced from specific suitable terroir in various regions and through agreements with quality suppliers in the Winelands. Producing these volumes of quality wine requires many services, which will effect job creation in the Winelands. With this venture we want to focus on tourism from China to South Africa. “Bringing the Chinese customers to South Africa and letting them experience our wine beauty, will turn them into permanent wine ambassadors”, says Hein Koegelenberg.

      CEO of Elements Development Projects, the developer of Val de Vie Estate, Martin Venter says: “We are excited to be working with Perfect China and Hein Koegelenberg who have been leading the charge for South Africa's wine exports to the East specifically. The fact that a company the size of Perfect China chose Val de Vie clearly shows that our facilities, heritage and infrastructure, from the cellar to the restaurant and security, are world-class. There is also a great resonance between the L'Huguenot brand and Val de Vie Estate with its French heritage dating back to 1783.”

      Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director at Val de Vie Estate added that they recently won the 5 star award at the International Property Awards for Best Development. Val de Vie, with its world class polo fields, thriving events business, Polo Club Restaurant and full working wine farm all within a security estate, sees the involvement of Perfect China as a great opportunity for exposure to the international market. Despite selling the wine cellar and vineyard, Val de Vie’s winemaker, Harold Versfeld, in consultation with Hein Koegelenberg will continue producing and marketing its premium Rhône-style wines which have seen tremendous growth in the past three years.

      Sent on behalf of Perfect China, Perfect Wines of South Africa and Val de Vie Estate
      For more information on Perfect China or Perfect Wines of South Africa, please contact the office of Hein Koegelenberg at:
      +27(0)21 876 8805 or cellar@la-motte.co.za

      For more information on Val de Vie, please visit www.valdevie.co.za or contact the office of Ryk Neethling at : +27 (0)21 863 6100 or ryk.neethling@valdevie.co.za


    • Nataniël is coming to Val de Vie Estate - Get your tickets now!

      Posted on July 30, 2013 by Admin

      Don't miss out on this must-see event! Ticket sales close tomorrow and we have limited seats available. Click here to buy tickets.


    • Dewaldt & Nicke's engagement shoot

      Posted on July 24, 2013 by Admin

      We love this stunning engagement shoot of Dewaldt and Nicke, a gorgeous couple who are planning to tie the knot in December.

      The photos we taken by the talented Kyle Krige at Val de Vie and they really capture the special connection between the two lovebirds. Visit Kyle's website to view more photos and to see more of his work.







    • A beautiful Val de Vie home in the spotlight

      Posted on July 23, 2013 by Admin

      This gorgeous Val de Vie home was recently featured in SA Home Owner magazine in July 2013. The French-inspired decor was conceptualised by interior designer Nicolette Jonas, owner of Interior Concepts and a Val de Vie resident. View the full article for more details about this exceptional home.

      Visit interiorconcepts.co.za for more information, or contact Nicolette@interiorconcepts.co.za and 0825654500.


    • Poloworld International's gorgeous Spring 2013 Collection - on sale at the Market at Pink Polo

      Posted on July 22, 2013 by Admin

      BlackBerry Pink Polo is always a must-attend event, complete with fashion, polo action, great food and wine, all in the name of a good cause.

      This year the event will also include a fantastic market, offering a selection of find foods, decor goods, crafts and much more. Poloworld International will be selling their latest range at our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Events on 26 October 2013. The Spring 2013 Collection has a palette that mixes dynamic brights with novel neutrals to create a harmonious balance. Expect to see stunning beach bags in sea blue, apple, red bus and yellow, as well as cheeky sleeveless Polo T-shirts in pink and multi candy colours.

      Don't miss out - visit our calendar page to find out more about buying your BlackBerry Pink Polo tickets.


    • studioBLOEM's floral creations come to Val de Vie

      Posted on July 22, 2013 by Admin

      Talented wedding florsts studioBLOEM recently took part in a series of workshops organised by the Little Pink Book as part of the on stage entertainment at the SA Wedding Show. Various service providers took part in the workshops and worked together to create a gorgeous wedding look for inspiration. This beautiful photo shoot took place at Val de Vie and showcases their final concept: a summery look that draws on the Dutch master painters of the 1700s.

      As studioBLOEM puts it, "this look is really a clash between traditional, old world beauty and a more organic, stripped down, fresh approach. I am completely obsessed with wood at the moment and the natural wood Tiffany chairs from Exclusive Hire, really sum up this look perfectly. The raw silk dress we chose is very simple, structured, almost functional. The bouquet was kept simple with a combination of decorative cabbages, tulips, blushing brides and amaranthus."

      All images courtesy of studioBLOEM. Photos by JaniB Photography, Second Photographer – Janine Bronkhorst







    • Celebrating past events

      Posted on July 19, 2013 by Admin

      Val de Vie was fortunate to host the wedding of AD and Reza in 2011. It was such a beautiful day that we can't resist looking back on the celebrations and festivity.


    • Nataniël is coming to Val de Vie Estate - Get your tickets now!

      Posted on July 19, 2013 by Admin

      Don't miss out on this must-see event! Ticket sales close the 31st of July and we have limited seats available. Click here to buy tickets.


    • Mad about Organic

      Posted on July 17, 2013 by Admin

      Today our winemaker, Harold Versfeld, discusses the nature of organic wines and the issues surrounding this hot topic.

      "I decided write a serious article about organic wines. With this article I will try and educate, and shed some light on a very widely discussed topic. The pros and cons will be highlighted, and hopefully everyone can then form an educated opinion. I'll try my best to keep my views about the subject ... somewhat subdued.

      Firstly, let’s define organic wine:
      Wines produced in accordance with the principles of organic farming, which typically excludes the use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. The legal aspects of what goes into the wine vary from country to country, with different governing bodies stipulating legal limits and additives. In SA, we have no such governing body. Basically anyone can therefor call themselves organic without the ability to back it up.
      The whole is issue is pretty much based around 3 things: health, environment and economics. What is believed to be true and reality is two very distant facts.

      Health:
      The issues in this regard include allergies and hangovers. In theory then, you should have twice the allergic reactions and twice the hangover when you consume 1L of fresh fruit juice compared to 1L of wine, as the Free Sulphur in juice is more than twice than that of wine. It is also believed that organically grown fruit is higher in Vitamin C and phytonutrients. I do believe these statistics, but with the world becoming so health-conscious, agro-chemical companies have very strict guidelines with degradation periods of chemicals. Example: one is not allowed to spray sulphur on vineyards within a month of harvest. The reasons are that the products have a 3-week degrading period, which has a negative effect on fermentation. So while there might be truth in organic production, there is also truth that all chemicals degrade prior to harvest, leaving little to no residue on the grapes.

      Economics:
      This is where organic farming takes a serious knock. Especially in areas where profitability is dependent on high yield, and in areas that are wet and humid. The risk of losing a substantial part of crops is a damning reality. Not only is there a risk of losing crops, but even in healthy years, the farmer is not guaranteed that the quality of the grapes for sale will be as good as commercially farmed grapes. Now one can argue that input costs are cut because chemicals are basically cut out of the equation. But if you use the 2013 vintage as example, with rain having a massive influence on crop health during February, the fear of crop loss and the loss of quality becomes much more than just a thought. Even in years where the risk factor is low, organically grown vineyards have a 10-15% lower yield than normal production. In addition to that, because chemicals can’t be sprayed, all viticultural practices have to be done with manual labour. As of late, there has been clear evidence that the labour force have become unreliable and very expensive. Farmers are mechanising most aspects of agriculture, because of these factors. In an already struggling farming community, especially in lower yield areas, the idea of crop loss is unbearable, and farmers choose to eliminate more gambling on crops. It is as simple as that; the lower the yields, the more expensive the wine. The more you have to sort the healthy form the sick, the more expensive the wine.

      Environment:
      This is probably the best argument that any tree hugger can have to stave their argument. I do agree that doing things the natural way, is probably better than the chemical way. But I believe there is a way that standard farming methods and organic can come together. And so many chemicals previously used have been deemed as illegal, showing that there is effective and economic way forward.

      Example: previously harsh chemicals like 2,4 D and Temik (Aldicarb) was used to clear soil of nematodes (small worm-like creatures that attack the root system, killing the plant within 2 years of initial establishment). This is now done by planting “wild mustard”, whose root system is partially toxic, but also unaffected by nematodes. Thus stripping the nematode of food, the population would diminish to below harmful numbers. In this case I believe the time that it takes to clear the soil justifies not contaminating subterranean water supplies, ensuring sustainability for the future. Having said that, not all natural remedies are as effective as wild mustard. I once heard of a farmer that sprayed his crops with garlic. Now unless he has a vampire problem in his vineyard, that will help absolutely squat! Some elements are just to be taken more serious than others, especially with regards to fungicides. There is no two ways about taking risks with downy - and powdery mildew, and for that there is only one cure – chemicals. It would be like asking your doctor not to prescribe antibiotics to your infant with bronchitis, but rather a big dose of Oros. The reward of not having antibiotics is definitely not worth the risk of child fatality.

      There are plenty more factors that also play a huge role in the whole argument. Quality is another huge issue, as you can imagine the fruit not always being in tip-top shape. Wine writer Cathy van Zyl pointed out “Organic is not a prescription for quality, only for methodology”.   What this basically means, is that once your ideal of farming organic becomes a bigger ideal than producing quality, you have lost the plot. I agree, in some cases going organic has benefited the quality of the wine, but those are really isolated cases, and also not always economically viable.

      In conclusion, in an ideal world, if organic farming had the financial advantage as well as the guaranteed quality, combined with the very limited environmental impact, it would be beneficial to all. Agro-chemical companies have the responsibility to produce products that are in no way harmful, apart from its intended purpose. Conventional farmers also have the responsibility to use discretion on the implementation of cultivation methods.  Pro-organic wine drinkers need to have an understanding that unless they want to pay R500+ for a decent bottle of wine, they too should have a better understanding of why things are done the way they are. Organic farmers have the responsibility to produce quality not inferior to that of conventional farming, for the sake of an entire industry."

      “Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, It was loaned to you by your children.”
      Kenyan Proverb

      References and Credits:
      Wikipedia
      Modern Ecological Wine Grape Production in South Africa – Cape Wine Masters Diploma by Heidi Nicole Rosenthal Duminy
      www.ifoam.org


    • Elegant French living at Val de Vie Estate

      Posted on July 15, 2013 by Admin

      Home Magazine has showcased the beautiful Val de Vie home of interior decorator Ina Louw. Elegant, airy and beautifully chic, the French-inspired decor scheme incorporates soft greys with eye-catching opulent details.

      View the full article on Home magazine's website and to get some valuable decor advice from Ina.

      Images courtesy of Home magazine


    • Inspiration for the day

      Posted on July 3, 2013 by Simone de Wet

      By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


    • Crazy for colour

      Posted on July 2, 2013 by Elsje Human

      Have fun with your wedding decor by incorporating a rainbow of colours all together. Quirky, creative and colourful, this style will put a smile of everyone's faces. Don't be scared to mix and match; we love stripey designs, jars of colourful sweets and bunches of bright flowers.

      By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


    • Thought for the day

      Posted on July 2, 2013 by Simone de Wet

      By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


    • Inspiration from abroad

      Posted on July 1, 2013 by Simone de Wet

      We adore this New Mexico styled elopement shoot by photographer Christy Cross. The shoot beautifully tells a story of how two lovers meet up and elope.

      Here's what they have to say about the concept behind the shoot:

      "I had a dream…well maybe not a dream, but a vision. I wanted to create a styled shoot, something that would showcase my work, and other talents in my small town. I wanted to do an elopement shoot, and I wanted a storyline to go with it. So here is the story…

      Guy meets girl. Girl and guy fall in love…they want to get married, but on a budget, and just the two of them…an elopement.

      In preparation for the wedding, she sketches out ideas for her dress, but didn’t want a typical wedding dress.  She has a talent with a needle and thread, and makes it herself.  She wanted something that said,”I’m beautiful” with a little sparkle, and something that would look great with her red hair.
      While she prepares in her way for the wedding, he prepares in his way and uses his handyman skills by making a wall that would symbolize an alter for the small and quaint wedding.

      She meets him at their favorite spot carrying their wedding cake she made with love, and he takes her as his bride, with his grandmother’s charming coral ring.  The end."

      There's also a video of the shoot, which shows it in gorgeous cinematic detail.

      By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events







    • The colours of nature

      Posted on July 1, 2013 by Elsje Human

      If you think of the colours of Winter, you probably picture grey, white and cooler shades. Shake things up and delight in a rich palette of nature's colours: vibrant reds, deep oranges, luscious greens and happy yellows. A bowl of seasonal fruits, a posy of country flowers or a platter of colourful treats can add some zest and cheer - simply gorgeous.

      By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


    • Fairytale Freshness

      Posted on June 28, 2013 by Simone de Wet

      We might be in the middle of Winter, but you can beat the grey skies by drawing on the magic of Spring and sunshine.

      Feel the charm and delight of a fairytale world with gorgeous shades of yellow and pink. Host a lavish tea party with fresh blossoms, dainty frocks and ornate decorations - it's a celebration of feminine fun.

      As you sip on homemade lemonade, indulge in Turkish delight water and enjoy the smell of beautiful flowers, it will hardly feel as if the grey skies are there!

      By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


    • Candice and Bradley's Wedding

      Posted on June 27, 2013 by Admin

      Candice and Bradley celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie in on 2 March 2013 and we are delighted to share their beautiful photos. It was a true pleasure to host the special day of such a wonderful couple, we wish them all the best in their future ahead!


    • Peachy perfection

      Posted on June 27, 2013 by Elsje Human

      There's something so warm and dreamy about peach. This glowing colour reminds us of beautiful sunsets and the mouthwatering fruit it's named after. Peach accents in your wedding decor add a sense of romance and whimsy. Peach also creates a lovely sense of warmth, ideal for a Winter wedding.

      By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


    • Yes to yellow

      Posted on June 25, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      The Cape is in the clutches of a stormy cold front that's keeping us all indoors. Beat the Winter blues with a splash of sunny yellow. This vibrant colour is lively, warm and extremely eye-catching, the perfect way to defy the grey skies and gloomy rainfall!

      By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


    • Country living at Val de Vie

      Posted on June 20, 2013 by Admin


    • Magic at midnight

      Posted on June 18, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Sometimes the best weddings are fabulous parties that carry on late into the night, with friends and family celebrating hitting the dance floor together.

      The fun doesn't have to stop just because the clock is getting close to midnight. We love serving a tasty midnight snack to keep the party going strong, such as a luscious cheese platter or tasty slices of pizza. Just when guests think they've seen it all, dazzle them with a fireworks display. It'll be a party they never forget!

      By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


    • Winter polo chic

      Posted on June 18, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

      Just because Winter brings cold weather and resting time for our four-hooved friends, we still think that an equestrian-inspired look is the perfect style for a visit to the Estate. This winter it’s all about the boots, braids and beautiful bags! Crisp tailored shirts paired with luxury denims complete the look.

      By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


    • Craving Spring

      Posted on June 18, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

      It's cold, rainy and the skies are grey, but that doesn't stop us from dreaming about sunny Spring days, the smell of flowers and the sound of birdsong. Add some Spring dreaminess to your wardrobe with splashes of pink, mint and floral patterns. Winter won't stand a chance!

      By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


    • Anemi and Zeán's wedding

      Posted on June 14, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

      Val de Vie Full Coordination hosted the beautiful Wedding of Anemi and Zeán in March. Attended by 160 guests, it was a wonderful celebration and we are so excited to share some photos of their special day.

      The ceremony took place in the Franschhoek NG Kerk, which is very close to Anemi’s heart. Being the awesome bride that she is, she was on time and enthusiastically applauded by a bus of tourists, who wished her well down the aisle.

      The guests later made their way to Val de Vie for pre-dinner drinks and canapes on the terraces overlooking the polo fields. They were entertained by the jazzy tunes of the  talented Werner Denner.

      The reception soon followed in the ballroom, which boasted spectacular decor that included soft flower arrangements in shades of white and green and elegant elements of glass and crystal.

      The evening began with starters, speeches and a mouthwatering main course. After the couple opened the dance floor, guests were treated to a scrumptious dessert station and wedding cake made by Kanya Hunt.

      DJ Conrad from Sound Print kept the guests partying on the dance floor the entire evening.

      Val de Vie Coordination would like to thank each service professional for their part in making the couple’s day so special: Joe Dreyer for capturing every detail, Kanya Hunt for the delicious four tier cake creation, Maritza and Roelé for the Bride’s gorgeous hair and makeup,  DJ Conrad from Soundprint and the team from Audiolife for the music, Secret Diary for the lovely stationery, Nico Laubscher from NConcepts and Designs for the decor and styling, West Staff Services for their superb service, Chef Edmore and his team in the kitchen for the catering and Wilgenhof Estate for their beautiful chairs.

      What an amazing couple and celebration... we are honored to been part of your wedding day!

      By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner



    • Great Gatsby glamour

      Posted on June 14, 2013 by Elsje Human

      Everyone is talking about the new Great Gatsby movie starring Leonardo Di Caprio. It's a visual feast that presents a rather dazzling view of high society in 1920s New York.

      We love the style and flamboyance of this era. It's ideal as a party or even a wedding theme, offering your guests the chance to dress up and indulge in some 1920s glamour.

      By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


    • Flower power

      Posted on June 13, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

      Flowers are such an important part of an event's decor. Not only are they beautiful to behold, they also help to convey the colour scheme and add a lovely sense of freshness and vibrancy. Winter might not be the most colourful of months, but there are still some gorgeous blooms that can be used in your decor, whether they are seasonal or year-round varieties.

      Autumn & Winter Blooms
      Tulips, hyacinth, iris, dahlia, daisy, daffodil, camellia, azalea, delphinium, gladiolus, lily, hibiscus, marigold, lavender, cornflower, morning glory, alstroemeria, roses, freesias.

      All-Year Round
      Phalaenopsis orchid, gladiolus, gardenia, Singapore orchid, baby’s breath, lily, rose, iris, carnations.

      By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


    • Val de Vie Estate, a special place for special moments

      Posted on June 12, 2013 by Admin

      From exquisite weddings and private parties to festive year-end functions, Val de Vie is an exceptional setting for any type of event. Our events team delights in coordinating memorable occasions that reflect your unique style and preferencess.


    • The Val de Vie Events team in The Wedding Album

      Posted on June 11, 2013 by Admin

      The Val de Vie Events team is thrilled to have been showcased in a stunning double page advertisement in the latest issue of The Wedding Album! Be sure to get your copy of this gorgeous and inspiring magazine, a real must-read for all brides-to-be.

      Click here to view a larger version of the advert.

      Credits:

      Fashion: Isabella Niehaus
      Photography: Jean-Pierre Uys
      Stylist: Alwijn Burger
      Make up and hair: Candice-Leigh
      Décor: Nico Laubscher
      Props: Interior Concepts
      Designer: Flance


    • Going places

      Posted on June 6, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Feel the freedom of travel and new destinations with vintage travel-inspired accessories. A stack of old suitcases could make a quirky table, a beautiful globe becomes an objet d'art and an old bicycle propped against a wall is an eye-catching curiosity.

      By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


    • Ryk Neethling on Bravo

      Posted on June 4, 2013 by Admin

      Ryk Neethling was recently delighted to be interviewed on KykNet's Bravo show. Presenter Hannes visited Val de Vie and chatted to Ryk Neethling about his career, life at the estate and the pressures that international sport stars experience. Be sure to watch the awesome interview.


    • Nataniël at Val de Vie Estate

      Posted on June 4, 2013 by Admin

      Don't miss out on this must-see event! Click here to buy tickets.


    • Dreaming about BlackBerry Pink Polo 2013

      Posted on June 4, 2013 by Elsje Human

      Our annual BlackBerry Pink Polo Event will be taking place on 26 October 2013 and we're already so excited, even though we have a few months to wait! The day is all about celebrating polo, fashion and luxury in the name of supporting breast cancer.

      Guests always arrive looking chic and stylish, so take inspiration from these moodboards which showcase how stunning pink can be, whether it's bright and bold or soft and sensual.

      By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


    • Winter wardrobe essentials

      Posted on June 3, 2013 by Varety Da Silva

      Update your wardrobe for Winter with a tailored coat, sleek black boots and a selection of chic accessories. These essential items are amazingly versatile; mix and match to create new looks for each day of the week.

      By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


    • Party it up with pink and gold

      Posted on May 29, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Pink and gold are a magical colour combination that we can't get enough of. The feminine  charm of pink looks simply gorgeous alongside the glamour and flair of gold. To keep things looking chic, add some neutral shades such as grey or beige to the mix. You'll have the perfect party palette!

      By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


    • Ethnic elegance

      Posted on May 28, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Glam up your look with beautiful ethnic jewellery and fabrics. We love big, bold and colourful patterns which are bang on trend and also celebrate our African heritage. Silver and brass  bangles, large earrings and layered necklaces complete the look.

      By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


    • Practical Make-Up Workshop with Nicky Lonte

      Posted on May 28, 2013 by Admin

      Learn how to do your make-up the professional way with Nicky Lonte, a professional make-up artist who will be hosting a fabulous workshop at Val de Vie Estate.

      Venue : Val de Vie Polo Club
      Dates: Wednesday 19 June or Friday 26 July
      Times: 09:00 - 12:30 or 13:30 - 17:00
      Cost: R450.00 per person

      Includes: Notes, face chart, snack & coffee / tea
      Make-up & Brushes will be for sale.
      ONLY 10 SEATS AVAILABLE PER SLOT.
      View the flyer.

      Book your place by contacting Nicky at 083 2646717 or nicky_lonte@vodamail.co.za. Visit Nicky's website to find out more about what she can do for you.


    • Val de Vie Cycling Gear

      Posted on May 28, 2013 by Admin

      Val de Vie is now selling an exclusive range of cycling gear that's expertly designed to enhance you performance. Selling for R920.00, we think they would make the ideal gift for Father's Day, which is coming in June. Visit our site to find out more and to see more images.

      If you're interested in purchasing  gear, kindly inquire at the Val de Vie gym  or email Mieke le Roux at mieke.leroux@valdevie.co.za.


    • BlackBerry Pink Polo

      Posted on May 27, 2013 by Admin

      BlackBerry Polo 2013


    • An entertainer's dream in the Winelands

      Posted on May 24, 2013 by Admin

      We're thrilled to see that Top Billing recently visited the beautiful home of Marlene, a special lady who we had the pleasure to work with. Private Room coordinated a dazzling 30th birthday celebration for Marlene in her lovely home. The house is truly an entertainer's dream, making it the ultimate venue for the celebration.


    • Whimsical wonder

      Posted on May 23, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Get into a whimsical mood with bursts of pretty pink, colourful cocktails, super colourful bouques and plenty of bright balloons. Put on a fabulous frock and you're ready to feel the fun!

      By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


    • A romantic Val de Vie Wedding

      Posted on May 23, 2013 by Admin

      Val de Vie hosted a beautiful wedding in December that had a soft, romantic decor scheme featuring accents of pink, cream and white. Kim du Toit's lovely photos capture the gorgeous ambience.







    • Wedding Workshops at The SA Wedding Show

      Posted on May 23, 2013 by Admin

      Little Pink Book will be hosting interactive Wedding Workshops on the main stage at The South African Wedding Show from 7 – 9 June 2013 at the CTICC. This is an amazing opportunity for brides to be part of a real, live coordinated session with the leading wedding coordination company, The Aleit Group and fantastic wedding suppliers! Watch as they create a mock up setting of a wedding, designed to the themes below. Get involved, join the team on the stage as they work and stand a chance to win fantastic prizes!

      Val de Vie will also be involved in this exciting event, so be sure to watch out for our talented team.

      Click here to view the various themes that they will be showcasing in the workshops.


    • A sensational splash of colour from Secret Diary Designs

      Posted on May 21, 2013 by Admin

      We can always rely on Secret Diary Designs to be on top of the hottest stationery trends. This Winter they are celebrating colour with bold, exciting shades and eye-catching patterns.



    • Winter wedding wonder

      Posted on May 21, 2013 by Varety Da Silva

      Let cool aqua colours and crisp whites set the tone for a chic Winter wedding. We love using old glass bottles in the table decor and adding some warmth with hundreds of burning candles. Give guests pashminas or cosy blankets if the temperature drops, it's a thoughtful touch that they'll be sure to appreciate.

      By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


    • Gorgeous in gold

      Posted on May 20, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

      Feel the warm glow of gold by adding dazzling touches to your wedding decor. Gold is often perceived as being bold and showy, but it can also be beautifully soft, elegant and romantic. Take inspiration from these beautiful images, which celebrate this classic colour.




      By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


    • Sweet treats

      Posted on May 17, 2013 by Varety Da Silva

      Feast your eyes on these luscious dessert ideas... a biscuit bar, featuring a mix of different cookies, mini lemon meringue shakes, bowls of macaroons, plates of petit fours and stacks of crepes and meringues. Any of these would make the perfect sweet treat at wedding or party, much to the delight of your guests!

      By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


    • Classic country

      Posted on May 17, 2013 by Varety Da Silva

      We love the idea of a relaxed, country-inspired wedding with a relaxed, rustic ambiance. Picture an old barn or a beautiful field as the venue - what could be more romantic? Decor draws on all the elements of the countryside: natural fabrics and twines, informal arrangements of wild flowers, hay bales for seating and lanterns for lighting. This is the perfect look for the down-to-earth brides who has a sense of fun.

      By Varety Da Silva, Venue Coordinator & Operations Manager


    • Spread some winter warmth

      Posted on May 16, 2013 by Admin


    • Understated romance

      Posted on May 14, 2013 by Elsje Human

      Soft shades of lavender, mauve and dusty pink are gorgeous colours for a dreamy decor scheme. Beautifully soft and delicate, these hues have a sense of sophistication and create a romantic look without seeming too girly or twee.

      By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


    • Vintage glamour

      Posted on May 13, 2013 by Elsje Human

      Vintage styling might draw inspiration from past times, but that doesn't mean that is has to look old-fashioned! Add some sparkle to a vintage look with a bold touch of gold. It adds instant, eye-catching style, reminiscent of the glamour of old Hollywood.

      By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


    • A French Love Story: Part 4

      Posted on May 13, 2013 by Simone de Wet

      The streets of Paris are always alive with colour, from delectable macarons in a bakery window to the brightness of flowers in window boxes, or perhaps the dazzle of a chic pair of heels. Perk up your week with some pretty colours... très belle!

      By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


    • Elie Saab Autumn/Winter 2013-14 collection on the Paris catwalk

      Posted on May 13, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

      We're smitten with Elie Saab's latest collection, in which the sleek, flattering lines of the corporate outfits are elegantly blended  into evening wear. The look is classy and professional yet undeniably sexy too.

      The use of soft, sheer “evening” fabrics such as chiffon and lace add a touch of elegance to your normal day-to-day corporate work wear, making it so easy to  attend a networking Cocktail function straight after work without having to rush home to change.

      All you'll  need to do is swop your iPad bag for a clutch, add a bit of shimmer to your lipgloss and put on some gorgeous heels.

      To view more images, visit Glamour's website.

      By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


    • A French Love Story: Part 3

      Posted on May 10, 2013 by Admin

      As a busy week comes to a close, we're still daydreaming about the romance of Paris. It's the idea of a beautiful view of a cityscape, a romantic ride into the country or the thought of a glamorous night out. Even though we're many miles from the streets of Paris, add some French-inspired romance to your weekend, whether it's enjoying a picnic with a loved one, taking a romantic stroll or putting on a beautiful dress.

      By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


    • Chai cupcakes with marshmallow frosting

      Posted on May 10, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

      It's the last month of Autumn, which means that the cold Winter months are just around the corner. Warm things up by baking some tasty treats, we can't get enough of these Chai cupcakes with marshmallow frosting by The Kate Tin. Yum!

      Makes 12
      125g Stork Bake
      150g castor sugar
      1 tsp vanilla extract
      1 cup self-raising flour
      1/2 cup milk
      1 tsp chai spice
      2 eggs

      Marshmallow frosting
      1/2 cup castor sugar
      1 tsp vanilla extract
      2 egg whites

      Cream the margarine, sugar and vanilla together until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs and beat well. Sift over the flour and spices and beat again. Spoon into a muffin tin lined with cupcake wrappers and bake at 180C for 12-15 minutes or until golden and a skewer comes out clean.

      Make the frosting by whisking the egg whites in a heatproof bowl until soft peak stage. Add castor sugar and whisk over simmering water until the meringue is hot to the touch. Remove from the heat and beat on high with a hand mixer until cool. Whip in the vanilla. Place in a piping bag and pipe onto cupcakes immediately.

      Recipe and image courtesy of The Kate Tin

      By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


    • Mother’s Day breakfast brûlée

      Posted on May 9, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

      This Sunday is Mother's Day, a special time to honour and pamper your mom. We think that the perfect Mother's Day should start with breakfast in bed, which is why we adore this beautiful breakfast idea by The Kate Tin blog.

      Ingredients:
      ¼ cup raspberries pomegranate rubies 1 tsp rose water (optional)
      ¼ cup toasted muesli
      1 small pot fat-free plain yoghurt
      1 tbsp light brown sugar

      Place the raspberries and a few pomegranate rubies in a small bowl and sprinkle with rose water. Spoon some of the muesli into the bottom of a pretty teacup then top with a layer of yoghurt.

      Next, sprinkle the marinated fruit over the yoghurt and repeat until the cup is full, ending with a layer of yoghurt.

      Just before serving, sprinkle the brown sugar on top and caramelize with a blowtorch or under a preheated hot grill until golden, melted and crisp. Garnish with extra berries and serve.

      Recipe and image courtesy of The Kate Tin

      By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


    • Property showcase: Modern chic with minimalist styling

      Posted on May 9, 2013 by Admin





      Refreshingly clean lines abound in this modern home with clean white spaces & feature textured walls.

      Open plan living with two lounge areas, dining area, Euro styled kitchen with induction hob and a separate scullery. Lovely private entertainment patio with a splash pool.

      Spacious Master bedroom downstairs, with dressing area and a stunning bathroom with courtyard garden. Upstairs there are two additional bedrooms with an adjoining family bathroom.

      BONUS staff accommodation!

      R4.85m

      Please contact Val de Vie Property for more information about this exceptional property.











    • Add some "wow" to your Winter wedding

      Posted on May 8, 2013 by Elsje Human

      Are you planning a Winter wedding? Then it's time to embrace the unique beauty of the coldest season. Draw on the cool colours of Winter as your inspiration, such as crisp white and delicate grey. Then add some shine with vintage gold and silver, pearls and elegant lace.

      By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


    • May wine specials

      Posted on May 7, 2013 by Admin

      Stock up on some fine Val de Vie Wines with our our fantastic May specials!

      The Val de Vie Shiraz 2008 is available in limited cases for R700 per case of 6. It features a rich nose with nuances of plum, vanilla and white chocolate, perfect for cold winter nights with hearty beef casseroles or game dishes. Click here to buy now.

      The Val de Vie GVC 2007 is available in limited cases for R300 per case of 6. It's elegantly wooded, with floral notes, a citrus zest and honey undertone goes perfect with a spicy oriental curry and Thai food. Click here to buy now.


    • An Italian Inspired Wedding

      Posted on May 7, 2013 by Admin

      This week The Pretty Blog has created a simply gorgeous Italian-inspired wedding theme that we can't get enough of! The look is ideal for Autumn, with a rustic festa ambience featuring burnt orange and plum flowers matched with dusty blooms and natural elements.

      Visit The Pretty Blog to view more stunning photos.






    • A French Love Story: Part 2

      Posted on May 7, 2013 by Simone de Wet

      France is so often associated with all things romantic, and it's no wonder why: picture the allure of Paris, the city of Lights, the lingering scent of classic Chanel perfume, the taste of real Champagne and the sheer decadence of macarons and petit fours. Add some romance to your week with some French inspired romance. What's not to love?

      By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


    • Wine hits the right notes

      Posted on May 7, 2013 by Harold

      Today our winemaker, Harold Versfeld, takes a look at the remarkable correlations betweeen wine and music. We couldn't agree more!

      As a person who loves music, it is very easy to compare the wine to music. There are many similarities, like the artistic expression, the volume, the base (round mouth-feel), treble (acidity), balance and uniqueness that each wine or song can carry over. So if I had to compare my cultivars to music, this is how I would make the connection.

      Shiraz

      Metallica: such great diversity that you would find the differences between albums very significant. From the racy Master of Puppets, to St. Anger where it sound like Lars Ulrich is beating an empty paint can, to the soft and rhythmic melodies of S&M, where the symphony adds a classical element, almost directly the opposite of what you would expect from the hard-core rockers. Shiraz is exactly the same. When you compare our different components from the various regions, you would find the variation very intriguing. From the very racy and precise Botrivier, to the palette-pounding Paarl, to the elegant and structured Swartland, there is something to find for every taste.

      Mourvedre

      Santana: If you look at Santana’s music, he is able to add so much to any artist that he collaborates with. He adds class and finesse, and he spices things up! The same with Mourvedre, you can blend it with almost any wine and it enhances the profile immensely. And don’t forget that spice that it adds.

      Grenache

      Dire Straits: While Mark Knopfler can be misinterpreted as a love-sick puppy, there is so much more to his music. When he picks up that Fender Strat and starts making harmonious love to your eardrums, you realise that there is so much sustenance in the beat, the vocals and rhythm. The intricacy, complexity and structured layers make for fine listening. The same with Grenache. You would think that this fruit driven nose will deliver a pansy wine. But alas, once the big notes and grippy palette starts caressing you mouth, you know, this is not the Boy George you perceived it to be. I love Dire Straits!

      Carignan

      U2: You sometime forget how good U2 is. You would write them off and say that this will definitely be their last album. But then you get a taste of new one, and you think “dammit, they have done it again”. And then you have a play list, and somehow you miss them on there. The same applies to Carignan. You forget how important it is to completing a blend. And every year, you can count on Carignan consistently performing in the cellar. And if you don’t have it in your blend, you surely do miss it!

      Cinsaut

      Pink Floyd: Cinsaut has reached an impasse, and is making a storming comeback in the world of wine. More specifically, Cinsaut is the Dark Side of the Moon album. Pink Floyd was around for a very long time, but saved their masterpiece for their 8th album. It was a pivotal moment is music history, just establishing how truly magnificent the band has become. Staying in the charts for the better part of 740 weeks, it was, and still is, iconic. The same goes for Cinsaut. Even though it has been appreciated in the past, we are finding Cinsaut to be at its most celebrated and methodically well-crafted state in its illustrious history. This too has the potential to become iconic.

      Petit Sirah

      Chris Chameleon: For those of you who know Chris Chameleon, you know that he can take on any role, has a vocal range broader than Beyonce’s hips and presence bigger than Alex Fergusson’s ego. As Petit would suggest, it is small grape, but as Chris Chameleon would suggest, even though it is small, it packs a big punch, with a great variety of characteristics and the ability to perform almost every task you need it for.

      As for the white wines, The Travelling Wilbury's is best way to describe each cultivar:

      Grenache Blanc

      George Harrison: even though it is one of the lesser known cultivars, it is the basis that forms our blend. Without it, it would never be as great as it is. Just as George Harrison is the founding father and the core of the Wilbury’s, in exactly the same way Grenache Blanc holds the blend together with its big heart and artistic integrity.

      Viognier

      Bob Dylan: the element that adds the most character to our blend. Quite often very high in alcohol, as a blood sample would prove, both Viognier and Bob Dylan are the element that adds fun, spice and eccentricity to the final product.

      Clairette Blanche

      Tom Petty: Both lighter in volume and colour, Tom Petty is the element that brings the crispy treble to the blend. He tones down the seriousness, and lightens the mood. Even though he will be thought of as the “little brother” he certainly won’t back down, as he has mentioned in the past. The same applies to the Clairette Blanche. It freshens up the blend, with crisp acidity and low alcohol. Without Tom Petty, the Wilbury’s will definitely not be the same.

      Rousanne

      Jeff Lynne: the most unknown of the Wilbury’s, but one of the most important. Being producer and multi-instrumentalist, his role has gone somewhat unnoticed.  In the same way, the role of Rousanne is underestimated, and seldom given the credit. It is fantastic cultivar to work with, as it produces even though the attention it receives is not at all to the magnitude of the rest. The working class hero, if you will.

      Ugni Blanc = Roy Orbison: the one that the band has to live without. Unfortunately Roy Orbison died a premature death, very similar to that of Ugni Blanc. Ugni Blanc, or known as Trebbiano, is very often used in what is commonly referred to as Beaujolais Nouveau styles wines. Made to have a very low alcohol in a very fresh style, this wine is not made to mature, something that I strive for at Val de Vie. It’s inability to age thus made me use the metaphor for premature death. Sometime in the near future I hope to make a wine in this style, just to show people in SA that there can be good wine made in this style.

      Some more wine comparisons:

      Sauvignon Blanc = Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions Acoustic live set. Crisp, clean and a popular choice. A Classic!

      Cab Franc = Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture. Dramatic, epic, ecstatic. Taking the mickey out of Merlot. (as Tchaikovsky did with Le Marseillaise)

      Chenin Blanc = The National Anthem. There is something that everybody likes about it!

      Pinotage = Afrikaans Rock. It used to be bad, but innovation has helped it gain quality and popularity.

      Low Alcohol Rose = the Bulls singing “Stand by me”. Not to be taken seriously.


    • Lizanne & Renier's Wedding Day

      Posted on May 6, 2013 by Admin

      Lizanne and Renier celebrated their stunning wedding at Val de Vie Estate and we were so delighted to have been part of the day. Apart from the beautiful ceremony and the fun-filled festivities, the decor scheme was a real highlight, featuring pops of vibrant colours such as violet, pink and cerise.

      Photography by Inecke.










    • A French Love Story: Part 1

      Posted on May 3, 2013 by Simone de Wet

      If you thought romance was passé in Paris, all you have to do is look at Paris bridges to see it is being displayed in full force. The Paris “love locks” are back.

      The love padlocks have been a phenomenon in cities as varied as Belgium to Japan.

      For those of you who haven’t heard of them, here's the story. A couple writes their names on a padlock and locks it onto one of the bridges. They then throw the key into the Seine River as a symbol of their undying love.

      As BonjourParis reported last year, the locks on the Pont des Arts near the Louvre were cut off, reportedly by the government. But romance beats politics in Paris and the locks can now be seen on two Paris bridges: Pont des Arts and Pont de l'Archevêché.

      Happy Love Locking!

      By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


    • Duonay and Liana's Wedding Day

      Posted on May 3, 2013 by Admin

      Inecke Photography has beautifully captured Duonay and Liana's Wedding Day that took place at Val de Vie Estate. The skies may have been grey, but that did nothing to dampen the spirits of this gorgeous occasion. Elegant floral decor by Fresh Collection included a symphony of cream and white blooms, such as tulips, roses and lilies. Tables were tastefully adorned in shades of white and accents of deep blue.










    • Val de Vie Estate featured in African Wedding Style

      Posted on April 29, 2013 by Admin

      We're delighted to be featured on African Wedding Style, a design & inspiration resource to brides planning their weddings in Africa. The site features the most exclusive venues and vendors available as well as the most fresh and inspiring designs.

      We love what they had to say about out Events Coorindation service and venue:

      "The Val de Vie Coordination Team ensures that every celebration is a unique occasion, with every small detail attended to by industry experts. Expect nothing less than the exceptional."


    • Winter delight

      Posted on April 29, 2013 by Elsje Human

      Winter can be a wonderfully atmospheric time to hold a wedding: cosy venues, hearty food and the warm glow of candle light immediately spring to ming. But even if it's cold outside, there's no reason that you can't have a wedding dress and decor that still has a sense of lightness and delicate romance. Add lace sleeves to your dress for extra warmth, serve guests frothy cups of hot chocolate, create dreamy cream-coloured bouquets from seasonal flowers and add some sparkle with diamante. Winter will never have felt so fresh!

      By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


    • Smart Winter style

      Posted on April 26, 2013 by Elsje Human

      Winter is just around the corner and we're smitten with this classic look. Opt for tailored coats, smart leather bags and classic black boots in a palette of black and khaki or camel.

      By Elsje Human, Events Assistant


    • Less is more

      Posted on April 26, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      I'm loving the simplicity of minimalist homeware. Instead of ornate patterns or intricate designs, these pieces are clean and beautifully simple.

      By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


    • Carla and Craig's Val de Vie wedding

      Posted on April 24, 2013 by Admin

      FJS Productions have created an absolutely stunning video of Carla and Craig's Val de Vie Full Coordination wedding. Carla is the owner of Secret Diary, which produces some of the finest wedding stationery in South Africa. The special day was a celebration of love, happiness and all things beautiful.


    • Val de Vie Estate hosts the Infiniti 4 Nations Invitational Polo Tournament

      Posted on April 24, 2013 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate hosted the Infiniti 4 Nations Polo Invitational Polo Tournament on the 20thApril 2013 and the event has been described as a great success. With Infiniti as the head sponsor, the invitational teams included Nigeria, Pakistan, Holland and South Africa.

      The event ended the polo season on a high note and highlighted how the sport has enjoyed phenomenal growth and recognition in the past year. Alec Combrink, Infiniti Cape Town’s Dealer Principle, observed that "Infiniti Cape Town is proud to be part of the Infiniti 4 Nations Polo event at Val de Vie and feels that the event is a wonderful opportunity to expose potential customers to our luxurious brand."

      Mr Combrink opened the Plate Final, which saw Nigeria taking on Holland in a fast paced match and Nigeria winning 6-4.  Several of the competing ponies were supplied by Val De Vie Polo Club and were in top sporting condition.

      South Africa played against Pakistan in an exhilarating Final Match in which Pakistan won 5-2. The winning team was awarded the glittering trophy by Michele Stuurman from Carrol Boyes along with generous prizes from Rudy Project, Polo SA, Val de Vie Wines, Polo World and asparkly Cap Classique from GM & Ahrens.

      The tournament was commentated byMr.Gavin Kanigowski from Cape Town Polo Club and kept guests on the edge of their seats and up to speed with the rules of the sport. Olympic medallist and Val de Vie Estate Marketing Director, Ryk Neethling was MC of the event, while Val de Vie Events coordinated all the elements of the day. Chic, corporate-inspired decor with shades of black and white set the scene for guests to enjoy the polo, relax and network. Gentleman guests, not to mention some curious ladies, were treated to get a feel of driving some of the elegant Infiniti cars on display.

      Charl du Plessis was named as the Most Valued Polo Player, while the Best Playing Polo Pony prize went to Bubbles, who is owned by Mr. Martin Venter and ridden by Mr. Lance Anderson. The day ended with three cheers saluting the polo ponies' valorous play and guests enjoyed the rest of the evening celebrating in the Polo Club Restaurant and Pavilion.















    • Precious metals

      Posted on April 23, 2013 by Admin

      Gold and silver are associated with glamour and a sense of opulence, but they needn't be over the top or too showy. Rose gold, soft shades of silver and subtle touches of metallic detailing look so pretty and feminine - the perfect way to add some sparkle without the bling.

      By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


    • Exciting entertainment at The Filly’s Annual Casino Charity Event

      Posted on April 23, 2013 by Admin

      The Filly’s will be hosting the annual fund raiser on Friday 3 May at the Val de Vie Estate and the event promises some fantastic live entertainment! Kurt Darren will sing some of his popular hits and there will also be a Blues Jazz Band, Burlesque dancers and a solo artist.

      It's an evening that's definitely not to missed, with a glamorous Harlem Nights theme. Be sure to book your tickets on our website.

      Ticket details
      Tickets cost R 250.00 p/p or R 500.00 p/p for drinks package.

      Package one: R250.00 p/p includes a welcome drink, R200 “funny money”, bowl food tables, entertainment and a ticket to one of the lucky draws. BUY TICKETS NOW

      Package Two: R500.00 p/p includes all as per package one, R250.00 drinks vouchers and a free bottle of wine. BUY TICKETS NOW


    • Happy anniversary to Ammie and Appel

      Posted on April 22, 2013 by Admin

      We would like to wish Ammie and Appel a very happy anniversary. We were so delighted to have coordinated their beautiful West Coast wedding last year on 21 April and we wish them all the happiness in the future ahead.


    • Pure simplicity

      Posted on April 19, 2013 by Simone de Wet

      This week we're so inspired by simple, pure styling that focuses on clean lines and colours. Black, white, cream and soft pink make a chic combination, creating a look that is all about subtlety and refinement. This is elegance at its best.

      By Simone de Wet, Managing Director Events


    • Meet our new Equestrian Manager

      Posted on April 18, 2013 by Admin

      We're proud to introduce Val de Vie Estates’s new Equestrian Manager, Kelly Tamarind Mathias. Whether you'd like to learn from the best or stable you horses in world-class facilities, Val de Vie's stable and livery facilities are in a league of their own.

      We have the beautiful backdrop of the Simonsberg mountains on our outrides, top quality polo fields, a 90 x 90 grass exercise field, a sand training track and three sand lunging rings with brand new jumping equipment including planks, trays and fillers. The estate also provides 24-hour supervision and full grooming and livery services at the stables. To top it off, horses and ponies enjoy grazing on large open grass paddocks.

      Please do not hesitate to contact Kelly should you require any additional information: kelly.mathias@valdevie.co.za


    • Corporate events at Val de Vie

      Posted on April 9, 2013 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate is an exceptional setting for any type of corporate event, from functions, team building and conferencing to intimate business meetings, lavish cocktail parties, product launches and year-end functions. Our team can coordinate every aspect of your event, making the entire process as stress-free and efficient as possible. Take advantage of our unique offerings, such as a private polo match with your company's branding, or perhaps wine tasting and blending with our winemaker, a great way to enjoy team building in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

      We are proud to have hosted numerous top corporate businesses and brands, including Investec, Nikon, Veuve Clicquot, ABSA and BMW.

      Please view our brochure for more details or contact the events team at 021 863 6191, we'd love to hear from you.


    • US Polo Assn. photo shoot at Val de Vie

      Posted on April 9, 2013 by Admin

      Check out this video of the gorgeous US Polo Assn. photo shoot that was held at Val de Vie. Filmed by Big Sky Productions, it offers a behind the scenes look at all the beautiful clothes, models and scenery. U.S. Polo Assn. brand products are authentic and officially sanctioned by the United States Polo Association, the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States since 1890. We love their elegant style and are so proud to have been the venue for the shoot.


    • Infiniti 4 Nations Polo Tournament Final

      Posted on April 8, 2013 by Admin


    • Visit the Market at Val de Vie this Sunday!

      Posted on April 4, 2013 by Admin

      The Market at Val de Vie is back this Sunday, 7 April, and promises to have loads of gorgeous local goodies on sale! Savour fine foods, discover stunning crafts and wares, listen to live music and enjoy the action of a live polo match. Kids can take part in a variety of fun activities, including a delightful petting zoo by Zoo to You, face painting by Bazinga and a tricycle track for toddlers.

      The market will be held between 10AM and 3PM, see you there!

      Photos by Inecke Photography






    • Fitness Fun: The Ladies Triathlon and Duathlon at Val de Vie

      Posted on April 3, 2013 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate hosted the second Ladies only Triathlon and Duathlon on 24 March 2013, in association with Western Province Triathlon.

      The event consisted of four categories:
      - Ladies triathlon 600m swim, 16km cycle and 4km run
      - Ladies sprint Triathlon 300m swim, 8km cycle and 2km run
      - Ladies Duathlon 4km run, 8km cycle and 2km run
      - Girlie super sprint 200m swim, 8km cycle and 2km run

      All the girls had to do an open water swim in one of the beautiful Val de Vie dams, followed by a cycle through the estate and the Valentia farm followed by a run on the estate.

      The event was very successful: all the entrants completed the race! There were a lot of first time triathletes and all finished with big smiles. Well done to you all, next year we will be back!

      Results:

      Ladies triathlon 600m swim, 16km cycle and 4km run
      1. ROBYN WILLIAMS 1:01:11
      2. MADELIEF ROUX 1:03:29
      3. MARIÃ HEATLIE 1:06:29

      TEAM
      1. Sue Bosch / Charmain Van der Merwe 1:15:10
      2. Sofie Moens 1:31:50
      Andrie van Niekerk 1:55:01

      Ladies sprint Triathlon 300m swim, 8km cycle and 2km run
      1. SIMONE FAULMANN 38:35:00
      2. LYNN BRENNAN 39:07:00
      3. TANYA DUTOIT 41:00:00

      Ladies Duathlon 4km run, 8km cycle and 2km run
      1. DEBRA ROSSOUW 52:27:00
      2. JO VANDYK 56:29:00
      3. RESIA SWART 56:57:00

      Girlie super sprint 200m swim, 8km cycle and 2km run
      1. LIEZE VANHEERDEN 0:42:47
      2. TATUM MAHER 0:42:57
      3. TAYLOR-DREW THOMSON 0:53:07






    • Amazing Homemade Pesto

      Posted on April 2, 2013 by Nadia Valentyn

      Here's a delicious recipe for basil pesto that's super easy to make and so versatile. Stir the pesto into pasta or cous cous, spread it onto crunchy toasted bruschetta or put a small dollop onto a baked potato.

      Ingredients
      4 cups packed basil leaves
      5 cloves garlic
      ½ cup butter
      2 cups parmesan cheese
      olive oil
      a handful of pine nuts or walnuts

      Put first four ingredients into bowl of food processor in order given: mash as many basil leaves in as you can, just as long as you leave a few inches of space at the top of the bowl, then add garlic, slice up the butter on top, and put the cheese on top of that. Pulse and gradually add olive oil until mixture is the consistency of thick paste. (Taste at this point and see if it needs more of anything.) Add nuts and continue to blend. Once done, spoon into jars and keep in fridge until ready to enjoy.

      By Nadia Valentyn, Venue Manager & Wedding Planner


    • Johann and Janine's beautiful wedding video

      Posted on March 27, 2013 by Admin

      We simply adore Vision of Fire's wonderful video of Johann and Janine's wedding at Val de Vie! With the romantic music of Riana Nel as a backdrop, it's a beautifully put together work that celebrates all the day's special moments.


    • Dare to be different

      Posted on March 27, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Sometimes it's fun to be different and a bit daring! I love these quirky designs which celebrate the strange and unexpected: a classic platter gets livened up with a modern splash of yellow, a bracelet that playfully twists around your arm, a dark layered skirt with a shocking pink lining and an antique cabinet that opens up to reveal dozens of compartments. Fun elements of surprise really make a design or a look stand out, adding a wonderful sense of intrigue and indiviuality.

      By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


    • In pictures: The Market at Val de Vie

      Posted on March 26, 2013 by Admin

      Val de Vie Estate hosted its first market on 24 March 2013. As the first market of its kind in the Paarl-Franschhoek valley, the event was a great success and attracted over 1000 visitors to the estate.

      Held twice a month on the Polo Pavilion’s terraces, the Market at Val de Vie showcases some of the region’s finest local produce in a spectacular country setting. Visitors had the opportunity to discover lovingly crafted goods as they enjoyed sunshine, smiles and festive atmosphere.

      18 irresistible food stands presented a variety of delicious homemade fare, ranging from oysters, pies and gourmet delicacies to decadent sweet treats. There was no shortage of refreshment either, with seven drink stations selling wines, bubbly, local beers and fresh juices.

      Beautiful clothes, jewellery and homeware were also on sale, lovingly made by Different, Handmade by Me, Roxanne, Wild Orchid Boutique, 22kids, Louw van Heerden, Daffadowndilly, Poloworld International, Patatie Designs, Lullybay and Dakota Fashion Wear. To top it off, the works of acclaimed artist Louis Janse van Vuuren were displayed in the pavilion’s foyer, while Alta Venter’s works could be viewed in the Polo Club Restaurant.

      Apart from the all the tempting goods on offer, there was something for everyone at the market. Patrons were entertained by an exciting game of polo, chocolate and bubbly pairings by Pongracz and live music by Sven Blumer. Children were treated to a variety of fun activities, including a delightful petting zoo by Zoo to You. Bazinga entertained kids with face paint and balloons, while toddlers loved riding around the tricycle track.

      The next Market at Val de Vie will be held between 10AM and 3PM on 7 April and promises to be another must-attend event.

      Photos by Inecke Photography







    • Golden glamour

      Posted on March 26, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      Gold is glamorous colour that always makes a bold style statement. If you prefer a look that's a bit less showy, choose subtle antique hues of gold that are less about bling and more about class. It's a refined style that retains the grand impact of gold, but with a more understated ambience.

      By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


    • Pedal power

      Posted on March 25, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

      These gorgeous, whimsical photos were taken for the January lookbook of Free People, and we love their free-spirited, bohemian style. They really make one want to hop on a bike and go for a relaxed ride to somewhere beautiful.

      View more images at www.79ideas.org.

      By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


    • Pretty personalised totes

      Posted on March 25, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

      We love the idea of personalised totes as a bridal gift idea. They look so pretty and they won't be expensive to make, so they are truly the perfect personalised pressie for your bridal party.

      Images courtesy of Pinterest

      By Iza Slabbert, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


    • Natural beauty

      Posted on March 20, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      There is almost no beauty that compares to that of nature and fashion has long taken inspiration from the natural world. Combine natural textures such as ostrich feathers, leather and linen with glamorous elements such as lace or diamante. We love soft, sepia coloured hues such as dusky pinks and shades of cream, which add a touch of class to the style.

      By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


    • Visit the Market at Val de Vie this Sunday!

      Posted on March 20, 2013 by Admin

      Here's to Bubbly Sundays


    • Handmade by me is coming to the Market at Val de Vie

      Posted on March 20, 2013 by Admin

      We're thrilled that Handmade by me are going to be selling their stunning fabrics and interior products at our new market on 24 March 2013! Held between 10AM and 3PM at the terraces of our pavilion, the market will showcase some of the finest local producers. There will be so much to enjoy, such as delicious foods, bubbly, wine tastings, kids activities and even an exiciting polo match.

      Be sure to look out for Handmade by me, which was founded by Sera Holland, a graphic and textile designer based in Cape Town. Handmade by me produces bespoke fabrics which are made into handmade interior products. They also have a wallpaper range. The fabrics are all high quality natural fiber textiles, and are either digitally printed with eco-friendly water-based inks or screenprinted locally. To find out more, visit the Handmade by me website, or visit their blog to read about their write-up on the market.



    • DIY Lavender Mason Jar Candles

      Posted on March 20, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

      We love the idea of personalised gifts. They're a wonderful opportunity to make a special gesture to someone you love, and to explore your own creativity. These DIY Lavender Mason Jar Candles look stunning and with the right tools for the job, they're not difficult to make! The candles can be infused with your favourite scent and colour,allowing you to create something truly personalised and unique.

      Visit A Pumpkin and a Princess for the full set of instructions. Happy candle making!

      Image courtesy of A Pumpkin and a Princess


    • Sweeten your day with Choco-Almond Truffles

      Posted on March 18, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

      It's the start of another week, so why not sweeten your Monday with these delectable truffles? They are so quick to make and look utterly irresistable. We think they would also be perfect as a decadent tea time treat or as part of a dessert table at an event. Visit Green Kitchen Stories for more mouthwatering recipes, yum!

      Seven minute Choco-Almond Truffles
      Makes 15-20

      15 large medjool dates, pitted
      100 g dried shredded coconut, unsweetened
      100 g raw almonds or nuts of choice
      2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil, room temperature
      4 tbsp cacao powder
      1 tbsp water
      1 tsp ground cinnamon

      Mix all the ingredients in a food processor for about 1 minute or until it forms up like a ball. Remove the knife blades from the food processor. Place the mixture in the fridge for about 10 minutes. Then form 15 – 20 small round truffles with your hands; they should be half the size of a golf ball. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder, finely chopped almonds, shredded coconut or rolledoats. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.

      If you do not have a strong food processor or blender, just place your pitted dates on a plate and mash with a fork until they are sticky and smooth as caramel. Then add the rest of the ingredients and knead by hand until well combined. Place in the fridge and follow the steps above.

      Recipe and image courtesy of Green Kitchen Stories.


    • Win with the Ladies Only Triathlon and Duathlon

      Posted on March 15, 2013 by Admin

      Val de Vie is proud to be hosting the second Ladies Only Triathlon and Duathlon on 24 March 2012. This off road event specifically aimed at female competitors and their participation in sport and wellness either as an individual or part of a team. Both the Triathlon and Duathlon allow for a choice of distances with team or individual entries to accommodate various levels of fitness and ability.

      Fantastic prizes up for grabs

      If you follow the event on Facebook and Twitter, you can stand a chance to win one of many Hammer Nutrition and ladies clothing give away hampers!

      You can also enter the race on the event's offical website, it's guaranteed to be a fun-filled day!


    • Isabella Niehaus, our favourite market madame

      Posted on March 15, 2013 by Admin

      The first Market at Val de Vie is going to be held on Sunday 24 March and will include a host of talented local craftsmen and producers. Bella Isabella Niehaus will be selling mouthwatering country fare from West Coast, with delicious seafood dishes and hearty platteland cooking. As a self-confessed market madame, today she talks about her love for markets and her excitement for our upcoming event:

      "Once you’re bitten by the market bug, it’s here to stay! Exchanging designer flats and magazine fashion spreads for the love of a food market was not on my shopping list a few years ago. But, here I am: a real market madame and loving every minute of it!

      It all started four years ago with organizing a lovely little fresh food market on the West Coast. Last year the big challenge came: bring platteland cooking and delicacies (hartskos) to city tables! That is exactly what the Palms Food Market in Woodstock offers: wonderful quality and homemade fare.

      Every Friday there is so much excitement here in Langebaan on my Dune. I rush to collect fresh oysters and mussels and then settle down with a strong pot of coffee, ready to prepare the dough for the quiches and steam the mussels for the famous mussel bobotie (mmm, you have to taste this). I even venture into the freezing water in the early evening to collect a bottle of seawater for opening the oysters. Late at night I pack my shopping trolley (my car!) and at 6:00 on Saturday morning, I hit the R27 to Cape Town. When I reach Woodstock, it’s the start of another amazing, fun-filled and beautiful Saturday!

      Although I was adamant that one market a week is enough, I was bowled over by the amazing enthusiasm of the events team of Val de Vie Estate. What can a market madame do but join this energetic young crowd, two Sundays a month, with a wonderful seafood table!

      Perhaps markets are so popular because each one has its own character and unique set of offerings. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of Val de Vie, the romance of polo, a host of stalls under yellow umbrellas, stunning goods from artists such as Louis Jansen van Vuuren, as well as a glass or two of Pongracz.

      Every market must have its own individual stamp, and I’m proud to say that we achieved that with the market at The Palms. It’s all about homemade foods, a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful buildings right in the heart of the city.

      The Market at Val de Vie is going to be an eclectic mix with wonderful homemade foods, crafts, clothes and so much more. I can’t wait to watch my first polo match too, and just fill my soul with the beauty of the surroundings, watching people enjoy their delicious eats! So be sure to come and visit us next Sunday at Val de Vie, I can’t wait!"

      The Market at Val de Vie will be held from 10am to 3pm bi-monthly on Sundays at Val de Vie’s scenic terrace, which overlooks the polo fields.


    • Stylish ceramics on sale at the Market at Val de Vie

      Posted on March 14, 2013 by Admin

      It's not long until we'll be hosting our first market at Val de Vie, and we can't wait! A host of talented local craftsmen and producers will be selling their goods at the estate on Sunday 24 March, and it's the perfect opportunity for you to discover what the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley has to offer.

      Artist Louis Jansen van Vuuren will be selling his gorgeous range of ceramics, so be sure to look out for his contemporary stoneware pieces. Every single plate and bowl is slightly different as they are handmade. The design elements are uniquely considered regarding size, scale and placement on the images on the tableware. Please click here to download their pricelist and catalogue, or read this article in Die Burger that discusses his works.

      The Details

      The Market at Val de Vie will be held from 10am to 3pm bi-monthly on Sundays at Val de Vie’s scenic terrace, which overlooks the polo fields.


    • The Filly’s Annual Casino Charity Event

      Posted on March 8, 2013 by Admin

      The Filly’s will be hosting the annual fund raiser on Friday 3 May at the Val de Vie Estate.  The theme this year is Harlem Nights and it's not to be missed, so be sure to book your tickets on our website.

      Ticket details
      Tickets cost R 250.00 p/p or R 500.00 p/p for drinks package.

      Package one: R250.00 p/p includes a welcome drink, R200 “funny money”, bowl food tables, entertainment and a ticket to one of the lucky draws. BUY TICKETS NOW

      Package Two: R500.00 p/p includes all as per package one, R250.00 drinks vouchers and a free bottle of wine. BUY TICKETS NOW


    • Top Billing at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

      Posted on March 8, 2013 by Admin

      If you missed Top Billing's showcase of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013, you can check out all the glamour in this fabulous video. We're thrilled that the Top Billing team were part of this event, which celebrated all the finer things in life. We can't wait for next year!


    • Happy Anniversary to Christine and Bobby!

      Posted on March 8, 2013 by Admin

      Val de Vie would like to wish Christine and Bobby a very happy anniversary this weekend. This wonderful couple celebrated their wedding at Val de Vie on 9 March 2012 and it was such a pleasure to be party of their special day. We wish them all the best for their future together.


    • Add some glitz to your stationery

      Posted on March 7, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

      If you're planning an extravagant party or a show-stopping wedding, then your stationery has to entice guests with suitably glitzy styling. Combine the classic elegance of black and white with shades of gold to make a dazzling statement. These stunning invitations by Secret Diary Designs really convey a sense of glamour, style and occasion - they make us want to put on our favourite little black dresses, sip on cocktails and glam up!

      By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


    • Tune in to Top Billing tonight!

      Posted on March 5, 2013 by Admin

      Val de Vie was thrilled to be featured on the Expresso Show last week. With Jen Su as their guest presenter, the show takes a look at the highlights of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 and also interviews some of the celebrity guests.

      Tune into Top Billing tonight at 8pm on SABC 3 for their look at the event, it's guaranteed to be sensational!


    • The musical magic of Ike Moriz

      Posted on March 5, 2013 by Admin

      International SA pop star, singer, producer and actor Ike Moriz has received wide acclaim for his 13 albums ranging from original melodic indie Rock/Pop to Latin/Easy Listening and Jazzy Swing (all available on iTunes). He is a music specialist, with more than 15 years of experience and a tremendous passion for the industry. He offers top quality entertainment for weddings, receptions, functions, corporate events, festivals etc., with several hundred songs in his repertoire – covering various genres of music, ranging from Jazz, Swing and Latin to Pop and Rock influences.

      He has performed at most of the major venues in South Africa, was voted one of the top 5 singers in South Africa in 2006, and he is currently one of the most popular professional male singers in the country.

      Due to his diversity, Ike can be considered as a brilliant artist to entertain your guests, no matter what function you are planning.

      Some of his most recent performances include entertaining guests at the prestigious Victoria & Alfred Hotel in Cape Town (New Year's Eve as well as Christmas Day 2012) and can be seen live at some of South Africa's best 5 star Hotels and Restaurants in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. He was also the resident artist at the Cape Grace Hotel as well as at the luxurious 12 Apostles Hotel from 2010 to 2011.

      Ike has just released “Siren Terpsichore”, his 13th studio album to date, which has already been described as the “Crown jewel of original SA swing” (CD Baby). Composed, produced & recorded by Ike himself, it contains 14 beautifully crafted, brand-new songs in the Jazz/Swing/Latin genre.

      To find out more about Ike's music and hiring him for your event, be sure to visit his website or his Facebook page.


    • Cucumber and Vanilla Jam

      Posted on March 4, 2013 by Elsje Oosthuizen

      It's might be Monday, but the beautiful sunny weather in the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley is keeping the Monday blues at bay. This recipe for Cucumber and Vanilla Jam is delightfully different and the perfect addition to a light summer lunch. It's so easy to make and even easier to enjoy!

      By Elsjé Oosthuizen, Project Coordinator & Business Strategist


    • Vintage chic stationery

      Posted on March 1, 2013 by Iza Slabbert

      Vintage styling is a look that's endured in popularity for the past few years, and it shows no sign of losing its popularity. This moodboard by Secret Diary Designs captures the charm of this nostalgic style, using elegant script typography, lacy trims and decorative patterns.

      By Iza De Lange, Event Coordinator & Marketing Manager


    • Twisted Lifestyle attends the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

      Posted on February 28, 2013 by Admin

      Twisted Lifestyle attended the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 and we love the gorgeous photos that Ross took of the day. They truly capture the glamour of the event, as well as the fun that was had by all. As he puts it, "Thoroughbreds, elegance and champagne were experienced in abundance, while smiles, good conversation and quality friends rounded up a wonderful day out at Val de Vie."

      Be sure to visit the Twisted Lifestyle blog to view more photos and to read their full write-up.

      Images courtesy of Twisted Lifestyle.







    • The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 makes headlines

      Posted on February 27, 2013 by Admin

      Best Dressed Couple Elrico Bellingan and Ritza van Rensburg

      The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 was held on Saturday 23 February and it's been making headlines across the media. Check out Sport24's take on the event, as well as their fabulous image gallery that showcases the glamour of the day. As they put it,  the occasion "proved, once again, to be one of the most sophisticated and elegant events on the South African social calendar." We couldn't agree more!


    • Denzil Jacobs visits the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

      Posted on February 26, 2013 by Admin

      Celebrity photographer Denzil Jacobs attended the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 this weekend and we love his glamorous photos from the event. A host of VIP guests attended the event, including Jeannie D, Jennifer Su, Thulane Hadebe, Lee-Anne Summers, Natalie Becker, Leizel van der Westhuizen, Marilize de Clercq and Sonia Booth. Be sure to visit Denzil's website to find out more about his take on the fun-filled day.

      Images courtesy of Denzil Jacobs.



    • Take a glance at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013

      Posted on February 25, 2013 by Admin

      The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013 was held this past weekend and what a magnificent event it was! The day was filled with all things fabulous: high fashion, polo action, decadent food, VIPs, a Bentley car parade, an Elizabeth Arden pampering lounge and fine Champagne and wines. The prestige event was co-owned and coordinated by Val de Vie Events and Vivid Luxury, with a host of sponsors that included
      Veuve Clicquot, Polo world, BlackBerry, Carrol Boyes, Hilton Weiner, Whimsical Nomad, Haagen Daz, Elizabeth Arden, Jenny Button, Bentley and Hospitality Partner, Equus. Media partners included SABC 3, who will broadcast their coverage at the following times:

      Top Billing –  Tuesday, 05 March 2013 at 20:00 onwards; and
      Expresso – Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 at 7:30 / 7:45
      Bravo - VCM 2013 to air on Thursday 28th February @ 19h30 on kykNET.

      Guests were treated to a gorgeous fashion show by Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner, after which Team Val de Vie beat Veuve Clicquot in an exciting polo match that had everyone enthralled. These photos by Martin de Kock are just a peek at how much fun was had by all, be sure to look out for more photos during the course of the week!

      The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013
      The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013
      The Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013


    • Val de Vie attends the Ylvisaker Cup Final

      Posted on February 25, 2013 by Admin

      Ylvisaker Cup Final

      Ryk Neethling, Wynand Louw and Martin Venter recently attended the Ylvisaker Cup Final as VIP guests at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, Florida. Ryk was asked to do the handover of prizes at the end of the event, which was attended by over 8000 spectators. Fellow South African Suger Erskine was named the Most Valued Player, so it was also a great day for our country! The event was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy world-class polo and to promote our brand abroad.


    • We can't wait for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters 2013!

      Posted on February